Gustav Adolf Stave Church

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The Gustav-Adolf-Stave Church is a stave church in the Goslar district of Hahnenklee-Bockswiese in the Harz Mountains,Germany.
The church is a copy of Borgund Stave Church in Norway adapted to fulfill its role as Hahnenklee Lutheran parish church. The church is named after the Swedish king Gustav II Adolphus. Construction began in 1907 and the consecration of the church took place on June 28, 1908. Borgund stave church served as an example in the construction of the church. Because the Gustav Adolf Stave Church had to accommodate 350 worshipers, the church is slightly different from the original.
The church can accommodate up to 350 people. After the attic of the old school building gradually became too small for the services to be held, the consistorial architect Karl Mohrmann from Hanover was commissioned to design a church for the Hahnenklee district. Mohrmann once visited Norway and was enthusiastic about the stave churches there. Not least for historical reasons, he suggested building one in Goslar as well.
In a ranking of the 100 most important buildings in Northern Germany, compiled by the Norddeutscher Rundfunk, the church is in 29th place.Especially in the 60s and 70s the stave church was a very popular church to get married. At the time, there were as many as 300 marriages a year. The church is still a popular place to have a wedding.

Access : Coordinates:51.856944, 10.34 / Address:Professor-Mohrmann-Weg 1 ,38644 Hahnenklee / The Gustav-Adolf-Stave Church is located in the Hahnenklee-Bockswiese district in Goslar in the Harz region.

Highlights :

  • Originally, missionary Vikings built the churches. They were skilled shipbuilders, so that the architecture also includes elements of boat building. The windows in the church resemble portholes and the chandelier resembles a steering wheel. The dragon heads typical of Scandinavia are located on the roof ridge
  • Concerts : concert series takes place from May to October. Every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. you can experience organ music, chamber music and concerts on our large tower carillon in the stave church. Admission is free, but we depend on your donation at the exit to finance the concert series.
  • The Hahnenkleer Carillon : The carillon is a large tower carillon that can be played with hands and feet on a stick game table. The Hahnenkleer instrument includes 49 bells (h1, c2, d2 – chromatic to c6) with a total weight of approx. 2.5 t.
  • In the 1960s and 1970s in particular, the stave church was a popular wedding church. In record years, there were 300 weddings a year.

Activities : Scenic Driving- Auto Touring / Architecture Photography.

Go next : The Harz : A low mountain range in the Central Uplands of Germany / Goslar , a historic town in Lower Saxony, Germany. / Bad Gandersheim – a town in South Lower Saxony.

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