The Nidaros Cathedral was built in the 11th century and marks the burial site of Saint Olaf, who ruled the nation during a portion of that era. Originally a Roman Catholic Church, it moved to Lutheranism in 1537 during the Protestant Reformation. Nidaros is one of the most historic buildings in all of Norway. In addition, it is a major tourist attraction not just for travelers but also for residents of the region, since it is traditionally here that the King of Norway is consecrated.
It was not Olav Haraldsson’s life that made him a saint – but his death. That he was killed in the Battle of Stiklestad on 29 July 1030 was a crucial event in Norwegian history. In these times Christianity got a strong foothold in Norway.
The Nidaros Cathedral is located in Trondheim, which is a city of approximately 180,000 people. One of the largest communities in Norway, Trondheim combines the rustic nature of the country’s history and the latest in cutting-edge technology in a city that is truly unique.
The scientists and researchers in Trondheim have the city on the cutting edge of environmentally-friendly technology, and many museums, shops, and tours offer a chance for visitors to explore both the old world of the past and the new world of the future.
Located not far from the Nidaros Cathedral, Stiftsgården is a companion of sorts to that ancient building. It is the royal residence on Norway, completed in the 18th century and including more than 140 total rooms. The first time that the coronation of the king of Norway was moved from Nidaros Cathedral came in 1906 when it was shifted to Stiftsgården. Viewing the residence from the outside is impressive enough, but those who are fortunate enough to end up in a tour through the interior find one of the most luxurious palaces in the modern world.
To the north of the Nidaros Cathedral lies the islet of Munkholmen. Through various times in history, this area has serves as a fortress, prison, place of execution, and monastery. It also had some significance during World War II, a fact that is still obvious even to tourists visiting today. Munkholmen is about 140,000 square feet in total and features a World War II anti-aircraft gun for those interested in the massive weapon of war. Several recreational events are now held on the islet at various times for people interested in some sporting fun.
Nidaros Cathedral is in many ways one of Norway’s cultural centers, so it’s natural that other areas of cultural significance would spring up around it. One of these areas is Ringve, the country’s national music museum. This museum includes a detailed history of music in Norway and around the world. It also includes more than 2,000 musical instruments, tales, and flowers, making it one of the largest cultural bastions not only in Norway but throughout the entire world.
Nidaros Cathedral and its surrounding regions are a part of Norway’s history. If you want to view the seat of royalty and one of the most significant churches in all of Europe, you should take a trip to the Trondheim area. A single day can provide you with a look at Nidaros Cathedral, Norway’s royal residence, and much more.
Don’t miss out on the Wagner Organ inside the Cathedral. Joachim Wagner (1690-1749) was the leading organ builder of Prussia in the late baroque period. The organ in Trondheim is the only one he built outside Mark Brandenburg.