Washington Island sits off the tip of Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula. At the heart of the island is the Stavkirke. It is a modern building but it was constructed to replicate old Norse Christian churches. It was constructed in the late 1980s using timber harvested from the Island. It has twelve 18 foot tall pine posts or “staves” for supports. The building is contructed entirely out of wood and has 9600 wooden shingles on the roof.
The beautiful church was funded and constructed by Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church which stands across the street. James Reiff, who was the acting pastor of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran church proposed building the Norse Church to honor the Scandinavian heritage of Washington Island
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