Gustav Adolf Stave Church

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Gustavus Adolphus Stave Church
Gustaf-Adolf-Stabkirche
Hahnenklee Stabkirche 1.jpg
View from North
Gustavus Adolphus Stave Church is located in Lower Saxony
Gustavus Adolphus Stave Church
Gustavus Adolphus Stave Church
Location within Lower Saxony
51°51′25″N 10°20′24″E / 51.85694°N 10.34000°E / 51.85694; 10.34000Coordinates: 51°51′25″N 10°20′24″E / 51.85694°N 10.34000°E / 51.85694; 10.34000
Location Hahnenklee, Goslar
Country Germany
Denomination Lutheran
Website website of the congregation (German)
History
Dedicated 28 June 1908
Architecture
Status parish church
Functional status active
Architect(s) Karl Mohrmann (de)
Architectural type stave church
Style Historicism
Groundbreaking 1907
Completed 1908
Specifications
Materials spruce wood
Administration
Parish Hahnenklee-Bockwiese Congregation
Deanery Hildesheim Deanery (de)
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.

Interior

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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