Nidarosdomen, the cathedral of Trondheim dates back to the year 1070 and with its giant facade, decorated with 3 rows of statues of bishops, saints and kings it is one of the most significant gothic churches on earth. Nidaros was the ancient name of Trondheim and that is where the name comes from. Take a closer look at the facade and you will see also a lot of small decorations with funny, sad or happy faces, where-ever an arch ends.
Nidarosdomen with Hurtigruten :
When you book the citytour of Trondheim or the tour with the Ringve-museum, the chatedral will be included, BUT only with a guided tour of the interior, that was very interesting, BUT this lovely facade was not mentioned or explained in a single word ! We left the bus, the guide bought the tickets and pushed us into the church and afterwards we had 5 min. to buy souvenirs before we had to be back on the bus.
Rustkammeret is the norwegian expression for the armoury chamber and there you will see exhibits of all centuries regarding warfare from the viking-times till WW II and the NATO. You will see weapons and uniforms, Nazi-propaganda and a lot more and this museum is even totally free of charge and photography is also allowed.
Right next to the Cathedral you will find the Archbishop's residence. It is a lovely courtyard with many old buildings surrounding it. This is the oldest secular building in all Scandinavia! We did not go inside the museum, but I read that the museum did win the "Museum of the Year Award", so that should be a good recommendation to go there on a rainy day!
Nidaros Cathedral, located near the center of the city, is one of the major ecclesiastical structures in Scandinavia. The building of the cathedral began when Olav was canonized in 1031 AD.
In the photo, the center statue is of Olav, the warrior King sculptored by Stinius Fredriksen.
The stature to the left of the King is Saint Sunniva, the daughter of an Irish King, who came to Norway and was stranded when her ship wrecked. She was killed by the heathen Håkon Ladejarl in 996 AD and became Norway's first saint. This statue also was sculpted by Fredriksen.
The statue to the right of the King is a tribute to Love by Odd Hilt.
The cathedral website has a neat page that allows you to identify all of the many statues on the West Wall.
Adults NOK 40 NOK20
Guided tours are available in English, Norwegian, French and German 20June- 20August
1 May- 14Sep M-Sa 9am, Sun 1pm
15Sep-30Apr M-Sa 12noon, Sun1pm
Note: 27Jul-5Aug, Cathedral may be closed at various time to prepare for St.Olav Festival
A guided tour of Nidarosdomen makes sense when you are interested to learn more about Holy Olaf,a norwegian king who founded that cathedral and died as a martyr. He is buried under the church.
You have to pay 50 NOK entrancefee for the cathedral, but it is best to take the combination-ticket for 100 NOK including the entrance to the crown regalia and the museum of the cathedral. Photography is forbidden inside the church and almost impossible anyway without a flash, because it is very dark there.
The treasury of the cathedral is really worth a visit, especially when you would like to take a closer look at the norwegian crowns and crown-juwels. Unfortunately photography is forbidden there and there is also a guard with a weapon, but at least in the souvenirshop you will find some replicas of the crowns, and that is where I took my pics.
There is an interesting museum in the old Archbishops Palace next to Nidarosdomen. It is certainly best to buy the ticket that includes the cathedral, the museum and the treasury, the total price is 100 NOK (=12 euros).
In this museum you will see some original parts of the facade of the cathedral and you will also see all the steps from the beginnings of the first, quite small church in 1070 to the giant cathedral of nowadays.
Nidaros Cathedral (Nidarosdomen), considered the most significant church of Norway, is located in Trondheim. It was the cathedral of the Norwegian archdiocese, established in 1152. Since the Reformation, it has been the cathedral of the Lutheran bishops of Trondheim or Nidaros. The architectural style of the cathedral is romanesque and gothic. It was an important destination for pilgrims coming from all of Northern Europe
Nidaros Kirke - Nidaros church, which is actually a cathedral. The building is huge and simply amazing. One could virtually spend hours looking at and admiring its decorated West Wall. There are hundreds of fine statues representing biblical characters (I think there are them all) as well as less well known Norwegian kings and bishops.
Do take yout time and try to take in all the fine little details: such a jewel of architecture is not easily found everywhere.
The interior of the church is nice and worth a visit too, but it cannot compare with its more beautiful "outer shell".
The cathedral is a tremendously old cathedral: it was built between 1070 and 1300 on the very site where King Olav Haraldsson was buried in 1070! The facade is impressive! We did not go inside, since you have to pay an entrance fee and we did not feel like doing that. But just sitting outside and admiring the dozens and dozens of little figures on the facade was very much worthwhile!
If you are interested in more information on this impressive church, have a look at the website stated below!
When you walk around the cathedral you will find a graveyard in the back of the building.
On the right of the Cathedral you can see the old archbishops Palace built by archbishop Eystein Erlendsson between 1161 and 1188. The north part of the palace was built by archbishop Aslak Bolt in 1450. After the Reformation tha palace became own by the Crown and in the 17th century it became an arsenal. The palace was destroyed in 1983 by a great fire and today it is the home of two museums: Rustkammeret and Hjemmsfront.
The main facade and its statues are modern and made in Neo-Gothic style by Helge Thiis. The main entrance was made in the Middle Ages in a Gothic style. The interior is very big and it has got three aisles with wonderful colour windows. Inside the Cathedral you can see two large organs.
The main organ was built by the Steinmeyer firm in 1930, and was erected in the north transept. It then had 125 stops. In 1993-1994, the old Baroque organ built by Johann Joachim Wagner in 1738-1740 was carefully restored by Jürgen Ahrend. It has 30 stops, and is located at a gallery in the north transept.
You can also see the crypt and the Royal Regalia.
Nidaros Cathedral (Nidarosdomen) is the most important church of Norway and of all Scandinavian Region.
The cathedral was erected over the burial site of King Olav Haraldsson, who was killed in the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030. King Olav was declared a saint one year and five days after his death, and pilgrims soon started flocking to Nidaros. The work on the cathedral started in 1070, and in 1153 was created the Nidaros' archdiocese, the Pope Eugene III sent the the archbishops Nicholas Brekespear and Eystein Erlendsson to see the nw Cathedral which became soon an important destination for pilgrims coming from all of Northern Europe.
The work finished in 1320 and from 1449 it became the coronation church of Norwegian Kings. The last coronation took place in 1906.
The cathedral was badly damaged by fires in 1327, 1531 and it burned down completely except for the stone walls in 1708. It was struck by lightning in 1719, and was again ravaged by fire. Major rebuilding and restoration of the cathedral started in 1869 with the revival of the Norwegian National idea. It was officially completed in 2001.
After gawking at the cathedral, proceed towards the back of the cathedraal where you'll find a medieval gatehouse. Once you cross it, you'll find yourself in a vast courtyard that was created by two rambling buildings built in the Middle Ages: Erkebispegarden ( the Archbishop Palace ) , possibly the oldest secular building in Scandinavia; and Rustkammeret (the army museum) . Since Liz and I were horribly hungry by now and dying for a break, we didn't bother with the Museum, we simply walked north along the Munkegate and headed back to Torvet.
Nidaros Domkirke (Cathedral of Trondheim) is probably the most impressive church I've seen in the whole of Scandinavia. This imposing, grey-coloured 11th century church took my breath away the first time I saw it and like the Notre Dame in Paris, one of its facade (west) also has an impressive motley of carved figures of royalty, biblical figures and saints. See if you can spot Adam and Eve! Other than the figures, look out for the rose window in the interior and the small museum which displays the crown jewels of Norway. The cost of your ticket will include your admission to both the cathedral and the museum. Do note that you are not permitted to take pictures of the interior:(
Price of Admission:
40NOK ($5.70) adults, 20NOK ($2.85) children