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Stavanger Cathedral, Stavanger

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Religious Site Church
Standing at the entrance to the harbor and the city, Stavanger Cathedral represents the only medieval cathedral in Norway that has preserved its original appearance. The church was built in the early 12th century in Anglo-Norman style, but after a fire in 1272 the chancel was restored in the Gothic style. The cathedral was dedicated to the 9th-century bishop St. Svithun, whose arm was one of the original relics kept in the church. Legend has it that the cathedral's first bishop Reinald raised the funds for the building's construction by marrying King Sigurd the Crusader to his second wife when the bishop of Bergen refused to do so. The park around the cathedral provides a peaceful place for a walk and offers several picnic spots. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Stavanger Cathedral by using our Stavanger vacation route planner.
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  • Our family and in-laws visited this great historical site as part of our tour thru old Stavanger. It was informative and interesting. A good stop. Worth the time.  more »
  • Only 30 kroner to enter, it is very peaceful inside, you could pay a few more kroner to light a candle. There is a beautifully decorated pulpit. There is some restoration work being undertaken on one ...  more »
  • The group I was with went to Stavanger to sing in the Cathedral. The acoustics were amazing and the cathedral was beautiful.  more »
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  • More impressive inside that it is outside. Norway's oldest cathedral (not including the stave churches). Free for kids 12 and under.
  • Beautiful cathedral, not very impressive, but worth seeing it.
  • A beautiful and very very very old cathedral. Must stop in stavanger. Tours available.
  • Beautiful old church ⛪ :)
  • Nice cathedral, though not very impressive. It looks a bit boring because of all the empty walls and the lack of decorations.