Akershus Fortress (Norwegian: Akershus Festning) or Akershus Castle (Norwegian: Akershus slott) is a medieval castle that was built to protect Oslo, the capital of Norway. It has also been used as a prison.
The first construction on the castle started around the late 1290s, by King Haakon V, replacing Tønsberg as one of the two most important Norwegian castles of the period (the other being Båhus). It was constructed in response to the Norwegian nobleman, Earl Alv Erlingsson of Sarpsborg’s earlier attack on Oslo. Wikipedia
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I really must get to see Norway. Imagine a timber building lasting this long!
Borgund Stave church
“Built around 1180 and is dedicated to the Apostle Andrew. The church is exceptionally well preserved and is one of the most distinctive stave churches in Norway. Some of the finest features are the lavishly carved portals and the roof carvings of dragons’s heads. The stavchurches are Norway’s most important contribution to world architecture and Norway’s oldest preserved timber buildings.
“UNIQUE VIKING FINDS” – new permanent exhibition opening 15th of May. Presenting Viking Finds.
VISITORS CENTRE – The Center offers exhibitions about the history of stave churches in Norway and their role in the Middle Ages. Restaurant, souvenir shop and quiet rom.
Borgund Stavechurch is situated at Historic Route. Combine a walk on Vindhellavegen with Sverrestigen for a splendid rounddtrip !(1.5 hour .
It is easy to reach Borgund stavechurch and Historic Route by public transport (bus) from Lærdal. You can also rent a bike in Lærdal and bike to the church (25 km).” Visit Norway
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