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Moorhead, Minnesota: Replica of 12th Century Norway Church

A full-scale replica of the 12th Century Hopperstad stave church in Vik, Norway. Its architecture is a little bit Viking, a little bit sword and sorcery.

Heritage-Hjemkomst Interpretive Center

202 1st Ave. N., Moorhead, MN
Just east of downtown, at the Heritage-Hjemkomst Interpretive Center. Just across the river from Fargo. I-94 exit 1 north, left on 1st Ave. N., right after 2nd stoplight. In Viking Ship Park. Church is behind the Center, accessed via walking path from the parking lot.
Free, donations appreciated.
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Stave Church.

Norwegian Stave Church

A real masterpiece of craftsmanship and a wonderful experience as a piece of architecture. The wood even has a wonderful scent. No admission charge is necessary to view the exterior -- you simply walk over to it from the parking lot. However, to view the inside you have to be part of a guided tour. For that, apparently, the admission fee is required, but on the day that I visited they were unable to give me a tour. Maybe phone ahead if you want to be sure of seeing the inside.

[Flamingo John, 08/15/2013]

Stave Church.

Stave Church Replica

In Moorhead on the banks of the Red River stands the The Hopperstad Stave Church, adjacent to the Heritage Hjemkomst Center. The church is a full-scale replica of the 12th Century Hopperstad stave church in Vik, Norway. It is representative of the Scandinavian heritage found in Minnesota and North Dakota. [BS Meyer, 02/02/2013]

Its architecture is a little bit Viking, a little bit sword-and-sorcery. We like it.

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