Hemse stave church
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Hemse stave church is a rediscovered stave church from Hemse at Gotland. Before the present Hemse Church was built there was a stave church from the early Christian period in the beginning of 11th century. The solid and richly ornamented stave planks of oak was used as a wooden floor in the present church. This stave church, or perhaps palisade church with sills (since it is unclear how the corners were constructed), is the only more or less complete church rediscovered from the introduction of Christianity in Sweden. It is now in storage at Statens historiska museum in Stockholm.
The stave church has been replaced by a stone church, which was finished in the 13th century. During a renovation of this church in the late 19th century, parts of the stave church were discovered, because the wood pieces of the stave church had been reused for building the floor of the current church.
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