Borgund church was built between 1180 and 1250. It is considered to be the most authentic church out of all Norwegian stavkirke and at the same time very representative. Its unique character is thanks to: level roof, whose ridges are finished off with the dragon heads that serve as gargoyles, unusual ornaments, runic inscriptions as well as masterful spires covered by shingle. It makes the church a perfect example for the monument renovators ? on its basis, churches from Gol and Hopperstad were reconstructed. The church authenticity is emphasized by the fact that after 1877 the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Norwegian Monuments (that bought the object and has it under the custody) ordered to ?clean? the temple from all post-reformative elements which helped to restore the original state of the object.