Jonas Lau Markussen

Right Side of the Urnes Stave Church Portal

Reconstruction illustration of the right side of the north-facing portal of the Urnes stave church displaying Urnes style carvings in high relief.


The portal has been shortened c. 30 cm at the bottom and c. 50 cm at the top to fit the dimensions of the present church. Its current size is now c. 205 cm wide (full width) and c. 290 cm tall.


This portal and several other elements with and without carved decorations were originally part of an earlier church built sometime after 1070 but were reused in the present stave church from c. 1135.


The portal was most likely part of the main entrance of the original stave church positioned at the centre of its western wall.


Urnes, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway.

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