This is a photo of Borgund Stavekirke in Norway, with Magnhild
and Ruth Larsen
in front of it. They are the children of Alfred Larsen
, my great-grandfather Oscar's younger brother. According to Karen Fieldsa Seidler
"Stavekirke translates to Stave Church, which were the churches that were first established in Norway when the Norwegians became Catholics around 1000 A.D. Many of these churches have been torn down, partially because when they became Lutheran they wanted to get rid of anything from the past religion. It's interesting to note that when they became Catholics, they had trouble giving up their 'pagan ways' and that's why they have the flying dragon type things near the roof. There are only about 15 Stavekirkes left now."