Domkirke Church, Oslo

4 out of 5 stars 22 Reviews

City Centre

Been here? Rate It!

hide
  • Domkirke Church
    by mirchica
  • Domkirke Church
    by mirchica
  • Domkirke Church
    by mirchica
  • mirchica's Profile Photo

    Oslo Cathedral

    by mirchica Written May 28, 2013
    4 more images

    The main Cathedral, called Our Savior's Church was built in the late 15th century. It was originally located 1.5 km from the present building. After the big fire was built on its present site in 1697.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Religious Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Airpunk's Profile Photo

    Oslo Domkirke (Dome Church)

    by Airpunk Written Mar 28, 2013
    Oslo Domkirke

    The main church of Oslo was built in 1697, after two predecessor buildings became victim of war and fire. The exterior is kept in a rather simple renaissance style with only a few ornaments beside the front portal. The interior is pure baroque. While most of the interior is from the 18th century, some items wered added during the 19th century resconstruction or later in the 20th century - including stained glass windows by Emanuel Vigeland. The ceiling was painted by Hugo Lous Mohr. Today, it is the second oldest church still existing in Oslo and the official church of the Norwegian Royal Family.
     
    Entry is free during daytime, check the website for exact opening hours.

    Related to:
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo

    The Cathedral of Oslo.

    by Regina1965 Updated May 28, 2012

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    4 more images

    The Cathedral of Oslo (Oslo domkirke, we have the same word in Icelandic for the cathedral "dómkirkja") is in the very center of Oslo and dates back to 1697. It is called "Vár Frelsers Kirke" or Our Saviour´s Church. It is the third cathedral of Oslo and the one the Royal Family uses for their major events. Here Haakon, the Crown Prince got married in 2001 to Mette-Marit. It is built in baroque style and seeing that it is a protestant church it is not excessively decorated, but still lovely decorated seeing that it is the church of the Royal Family. The ceiling is painted by the Norwegian painter Hugo Lous Mohr.

    In the Cathedral there are stained glass windows at the altarpiece from 1904, stained glass windows by the chancel from 1910 and stained glass windows by the transepts from 1952. The pulpit is from 1699, the altarpiece from 1700, the baptismal font from 1726, the main organ is from 1727, the silver altar from 1930 and the sculpture of Mary is from 1997.

    Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 10:00-16:00, Friday 16:00-08:00. Saturday and Sunday: 10:00-16:00.

    I went there on a Friday night as it is open on Fridays throughout the night. I went there to light a candle and to have a look around. On Fridays photos are allowed. But people were praying in the church so I took the photos without flash and it shows in the quality of the photos. But I cannot show praying people the disrespect of using my flash in the churches and cathedrals. When I am praying in Icelandic churches it annoys me when people walk around them like they are at a museum and take photos with a flash and even of people praying...

    Was this review helpful?

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo

    Oslo Cathedral

    by HORSCHECK Updated Feb 4, 2012

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Oslo Cathedral (Domkirke)
    1 more image

    The baroque cathedral of Oslo (Domkirke) was consecrated in 1697 and renovated in the middle of the 19th century. The area around the cathedral with its inner courtyard is a nice place for a rest in Oslo's busy city centre.

    Directions:
    Oslo Cathedral is situated at Stortorget, just next to the busy shopping boulevard Karl Johans Gate. The nearest metro stop is "Jernbanetorget".

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Trains
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • tini58de's Profile Photo

    Cathedral

    by tini58de Updated May 2, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    1 more image

    The inside of the Oslo Cathedral is quite interesting, since it combines both old and modern art. The pulpit, altarpiece and the front of the organ are still original (which means from the end of the 17th century), but there are also some very interesting murals from the time between 1930 and 1950! The stained glass windows were designed by the contemporary artist Emanuel Vigeland.

    The Cathedral will be closed from August 1, 2006!!!

    Was this review helpful?

  • call_me_rhia's Profile Photo

    cathedral

    by call_me_rhia Updated Nov 14, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    domkirke belltower

    Oslo's Domkirke is located near the pedestrian Karls Johans Gate and it's an impressive church/cathedral. It's even more impressive as, unlike when visiting other cities, you'll come across very few churches in Oslo.

    The church was consacrated, although major restoration works took place both in the 19th and 20th century. it's a beautiful building whose full grace I could not completely enjoy, as parts of the building were undergoing new restorations and were wrapped in scaffolding and plastic.

    This cathedral saw the celebration of many Royal events like the marriage of King Harald and Queen Sonja as well as (and more recently) the one of Prince Haakon Magus and Mette-Marit. Admission to the church is free.

    Related to:
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo

    Domkirke

    by Jim_Eliason Written Sep 17, 2006

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Domkirke
    1 more image

    This is Olso's Second oldest Church dating from 1697 and contains elaborate stained glass from Emanual Vineland ( the famous Gustav's brother). The church is closed for renovation for the rest of the year but will reopen in 2007.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Religious Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • SanguiniA's Profile Photo

    Oslo Cathedral

    by SanguiniA Written Apr 5, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Oslo Cathedral Clocktower

    Impossible to miss, as it is right in the city centre. This is actually the third cathedral in place, after the first one fell into disrepair and the second one was burnt down. The clocktower is particularly attractive, even on an overcast winter day.

    Related to:
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • arantha's Profile Photo

    Oslo Domkirke

    by arantha Written Feb 24, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The cathedral has been consecrated in 1697. You can see there the Emanuel Vigeland's stained glass window and the nice altar showing The Last Supper.
    The church is open every day between 10:00 and 16:00.

    Related to:
    • Religious Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Cristian_Uluru's Profile Photo

    Oslo Domkirke: altar shovel

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Oct 20, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Oslo Domkirke: altar shovel
    1 more image

    The altar shovel of the Domkirke was made by Michael Rash in the 1748. It rappresents the Last Dinner and the Crocifixion. In the years ago it was moved into different Norwegian's churches but in 1950 it comes back to Oslo. The nice organ was made in the 17th century.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Cristian_Uluru's Profile Photo

    Oslo Domkirke

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Oct 20, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Oslo Domkirke
    1 more image

    The Cathedral of Oslo was built in the 1697 and it was restored in the middle of 1800s. It has got nice windows made by Emanuel Vigeland (the brother of Gustav Vigeland). Very nice is the painting roof made between 1936 and 1950.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • bpwillet's Profile Photo

    Oslo Domkirke

    by bpwillet Written Jul 2, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Oslo Domkirke

    Principle church for the diocese of Oslo, the church was begun in 1694. Built in stages and despite constant renovations, the original interior of the 1720s is now a version of Baroque. The pulpit is original dating from 1699. During many of the renovations decorations from the 18th century were discovered and are now on display. The ceiling is more modern, from the 1930’s and unfortunately has covered up the original artwork there. There are some impressive stained-glass works by Emanuel Vigeland. Picture taking is not allowed.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • gordonilla's Profile Photo

    Oslo Domkirke (Oslo Cathedral)

    by gordonilla Written Jun 30, 2005
    Oslo Domkirke

    Our Saviour's Church, was first consecrated in 1697. The Cathedral boasts it's original pulpit, altar piece and organ front with acanthus carvings. There are a number of large ceiling murals which were created between 1936 - 1950; the stain glass windows are by Emanuel Vigeland.

    Outside the cathedral, the bazaar halls were built in a similar style between 1841-1858.

    The Cathredal is open all year round with times varying slightly depending on the season being summer or winter.

    Was this review helpful?

  • littlesam1's Profile Photo

    Oslo Dom Kirche

    by littlesam1 Updated Apr 18, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Oslo Domkirche

    Walking a short ways up Karl Johans Gate from the train station you will find The Domkirche. The Oslo Domkirche dates to the 17th century and is beautiful and unusual on the inside. Although smaller and less dramatic than some of more famous Dom's in Europe, the cathedral still holds your attention as you walk into the square known as Stortinget. Although once one of the main square in Oslo this square has become a little negelected and does not command the attention of some of Oslo's other squares. However I found it very easy to sit here for a few moments and picture life as it was when the Dom was built.

    Was this review helpful?

  • polardabar's Profile Photo

    Oslo cathedral

    by polardabar Updated Sep 12, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Oslo domkirke

    The cathedral buidling was completed in 1699, when the bronze door was added. It has a nice exterior & a surprisingly nice interior.

    Cermonies held in it include the royal family & the government, so His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon was married to Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby on Aug 25th 2001 in that church! During the next couple of days thousands of people came to see the phenomenal flower arrangements made specially for the wedding.

    The church is open for visitors from 10 to 16, so don't miss the chance! Besides the masses, concerts are held - the Oslo cathedral choir is very well-known!

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Oslo

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

115 travelers online now

Comments

Hotels Near Domkirke Church
1.0 out of 5 stars
1 Review
0.1 miles away
3.5 out of 5 stars
5 Reviews
0.2 miles away
Show Prices
3.5 out of 5 stars
1 Review
0.2 miles away
Show Prices

View all Oslo hotels