Gustav Adolf Stave Church Information
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|Website||website of the congregation ‹See Tfd›(in German)|
|Dedicated||28 June 1908|
|Architectural type||stave church|
|Synod||Church of Hanover|
The Lutheran Gustav Adolf Stave Church ( German: Gustav-Adolf-Stabkirche) is a stave church situated in Hahnenklee, a borough of Goslar in the Harz mountains, Germany. Construction of the church began in 1907, and the church was consecrated on June 28, 1908.
The church is a free copy of the medieval Borgund Stave Church in Norway. It was erected during the steep rise of Hahnenklee to a spa town and major tourist destination, with adaptions to fulfil its role as a parish church. The plans were designed by Karl Mohrmann (1857–1927), architect of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Hanover, a representative of the historicist Hanover school of architecture. He had visited Borgund and held the view that stave churches once were common in the medieval Saxon areas too.
The church was built from spruce trunks harvested at the nearby Bocksberg mountain. The interior comprises numerous carvings of archaic symbols as well as Viking ship design features. The building soon became a frequently visited landmark and a popular wedding church.
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