Society for the Preservation of Ancient Norwegian Monuments
It was founded as Foreningen til Norske Fortidsmindesmerkers Bevaring in 1844. The founders were painters, historians, art historians and archeologists, including J. C. Dahl and Joachim Frich. Its purpose is to "create interest in Norway's cultural heritage monuments and to promote efforts to preserve them and their surroundings". It owns forty structures directly, including the stave churches at Borgund, Urnes, Hopperstad and Uvdal.
It has 21 local divisions. The division structure resembles the county structure of Norway, except that Oslo and Akershus are together, Møre and Romsdal is split into Sunnmøre, Nordmøre and Romsdal, and the town of Røros is a division of its own. The headquarters are located in Dronningens gate 11, Oslo.
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