Ringebu Stave church
Christianity was introduced into Norway around the year 1000 A.D. From then on during the middle ages until 1537, approximately 1000 stave churches were built. The Church in Norway was Roman Catholic at that time. The stave church at Ringebu, built c.1220, is one of 28 surviving stave churches and is one of the largest.
The church was first painted in 1717 and, since the ceiling then was lower, only the lower half of the walls were painted. At one period the church was completely white within, but was restored to its original colouring during extensive restoration work in 1921.