It is 2011, and we are in Stavanger not long after the "Oslo Massacre" had taken place. Many of the dead were still being buried, and this was the case in Stavanger, there was a funeral being held for one of the victims. Outside the Cathedral, were many flowers and condolences left there by the people of Stavanger and others.
In the afternoon, we returned to see the Cathedral. The patron saint is St. Svithun, and it is believed that his arm was one of the churches original relics. It is another Church in Norway, built by English craftsmen, so a little touch of England is here. It was built in Anglo-Norman style in 1125.
In 1272, the church was damaged by fire and a new chancel was built in gothic style in 1300.
It is the only medieval church in Norway to have retained its original style.
Inside and out, I thought it was quite beautiful, especially the painted carvings inside the Cathedral.
Mon-Sun 11am-7pm, June-Aug.
Tue-Thurs and Sat 11am-4pm, Sept-May, closed Mon and Fri.
High Mass every Sunday at 11am.
Morning Mass in the Bishop's Chapel every Wednesday at 8am
Thursdays 11.15-11.45. Thursday Mass.
The cathedral is placed right in the middle of the town, between the main harbour and Breiavatnet .
The Norway's oldest cathedral was built around 1125 and dedicated to St. Svithun. It is the only Norwegian cathedral from the Middle Ages that has retained its original appearance and been in constant use.
Looking at its architecture I can only say that the initial Romanic cathedral has probably later added a gothic extension.
The overall aspect is a Romanic one but the eastern side is clearly gothic, with all the specific elements included.
I have tried to get in my photos some of the architectural elements... enjoy them.
It is nice that every year the flower arrangement on the eastern side of the cathedral is changed.
Usually the bright coloured flowers are enlightening the simple appearance of the stone building.
The fantastic Cathedral of Stavanger was built in 1125 and was restored in 1272 after a great fire. The church was built with a Gothic architecture. The Cathedral, like the Winchester Cathedral in England is dedicated to St.Swithun and the first bishop was a Benedictine monk named Bishop Reginald from Winchester. The Cathedral was dedicated to that saint after the 9th century when the bishop from Winchester was canonized. The next bishop in Stavanger was bishop John Birgersson who later became Norway's first archbishop.
This city has a very nice Dom church. It is one of the few stone churches made in that period. Most churches were made of wood (stavkirken)
On the picture you can see the interior. Big white colums and the wood works are easy on the eyes.
In the back of the church behind the altar is a very nice looking glasstained windeow
This is Norway's oldest cathedral. Building of the Cathedral started in 1125.
Is said to be the most beautiful churches from Medieval times in Norway.
This is the largest church in Stavanger. Beutifully placed alongside Breiavannet and the old royal residence (Now a school)
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