The archeologists discovered the ruins of an ancient wooden structure in Norway. According to the preliminary data, it is about 1200 years old. These may be the remains of a pagan temple of the ancient Scandinavian Gods Thor and Odin. The experts consider the find as a rare relic confirming the existence of the Viking religion. The temple was built several centuries before Christianity began to dominate the area.
The wooden building was large, it reached 14 meters in height and about 12 meters in width. The temple was used for worship of the Gods and for sacrifices during the summer and winter solstices.
The first grains of knowledge about the ancient Scandinavian culture appeared from the beginning of the raids of the Viking troops in Europe. Having started colonizing the territories of Iceland, Greenland and Canada, they began to bring their religious traditions into the life of other people. The find made by the archaeologists was the first ancient Scandinavian temple discovered in Norway. An archaeologist Soren Dienhoff from the University Museum of Bergen noted that the temple is recognized as one of the most beautiful and unusual ancient buildings.
The Vikings could call it the House of the Gods. Such temples were built using other technologies that differed from the construction of houses in settlements. The temples were open-air places of worship expressing worship of the faith.
But the found temple is the most powerful architectural expression ever encountered by science. The ancient building was discovered in Osa, a seaside village near the town of Orsta. Workers who were preparing a plot of land for the construction of a new residential building stumbled upon the remains of the temple.
The experts were invited to the excavation and they found traces of an early settlement dating back about 2000 years. The remains of two long houses are well preserved, each of them could have been a residential building, part of which was set aside for a cattle farm. The remains of the House of the Gods in Wasp date back to a later period, when a wealthy group of settlers appeared in the area, apparently dominating the rest of the population.
The temple may have had a high tower above a pitched roof that was a copy of the towers of early Christian churches. And although the structure itself did not survive, the holes in the pillars on which it was attached indicate the shape of the building, such forms were used only for the construction of religious objects.