Norweigan Stave Churches
+ Built from the Viking Era (793-1066ad) through roughly 1350 AD
+ Notre Dame was finished in 1345
+ Most are 800+ years old
+ Norwegian tree prepartion is credited for the longevity
One of the most frequent comments we get in the Mass Timber industry from people just learning about it is “Isn’t a concrete building stronger? Surely wood doesn’t last that long!” Well we are starting a new blog series on some of the oldest wood building still standing, starting today with Stave Churches, primarily found in Norway. It is estimated there were somewhere around 2,000 churches built, with roughly 30 still standing around the world.