Trondheim Cathedral Domkirke
Trondheim Cathedral was built by King Olav Kyrre (1066-93) over the tomb of St Olav and considerably enlarged after the establishment in 1151 of the archbishopric of Nidaros, with authority over the whole of Norway. In conception and execution it is the most magnificent church in the Scandinavian countries. The transept and chapterhouse are in a Late Romanesque transitional style influenced by the Norman architecture of England, and the fine Early Gothic domed octagon dates essentially from the same period.
Trondheim Cathedral Map
Entrance fee: FREE
Useful tips: Organ music on weekends year-round at 1 p.m.
Guides: Guided tour included with admission.
Trondheim Cathedral Highlights
Over the high choir is the domed octagon, in richly decorated Gothic. From the ambulatory there is a view of St Olav's Spring, which was probably a factor in determining the site of the earliest church here. Adjoining the high choir is the long choir (26m/85ft long), with a beautiful font based on fragments of an earlier one. The south chapel in the Romanesque transept was consecrated in 1161. The aisled nave, almost completely rebuilt, is 42.50m/140ft long by 20m/65ft wide, with 14 piers supporting the vaulted roof. The large organ, under the rose window, was made by Steinmeyer, of Øttingen in South Germany (1930). Fine stained glass (1913-34) by Gabriel Kielland.
Archbishop's Palace and Museum
To the east and southeast of the Cathedral lies the old churchyard. To the southwest the Archbishop's Palace (Erkebispegården), a medieval stone building, now houses a collection of weapons and the Museum of the Resistance (1940-45).
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