Sample plan of a stave church layout, similar to the Hopperstad. Typical elements of stave churches include a walkway (sval), nave (midtrom), chancel (kor), and apse (apsis). Image by Wikimedia Commons user Hȧkon Andreas Christie.
Built between 1996 and 2001, the Hopperstad Stave Church Replica in Moorhead, Minnesota, stands as a testament to Norwegian culture and heritage in the Midwest. It serves as an educational tool in the local community and is operated by Clay County’s Historical and Cultural Society.