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There are about two dozen remaining fine examples of Norwegian stave churches. Most are in Norway. But one of the best is, somewhat improbably, in the mountains on the Polish-Czech border.

One doesn't run across a lot of runes in the Karkonosze mountains. These great rounded hills, forested almost up to their summits, straddle the border between Poland and the Czech Republic. Silesia to the north and the eastern reaches of Bohemia away on the southern side of the international frontier. Just on the Polish side of the border is a very fine example of a Norwegian wooden stave church.

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