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Stavanger Cathedral, Stavanger

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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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  • We Spaniards that we are accustomed to our cathedrals, this tells us very little, but good as ancient monument this well, but hey well for a moment of meditation
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  • I went to the Cathedral during a visit to Stavanger, it originates in the 12th century. The pulpit is of a very interesting design with many carvings. There is much of historical interest to be seen, ...  more »
  • Unfortunately the building was closed when we visited although we could here people singing inside. Not one of the most impressive buildings I've seen on my travels  more »
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  • Very beautiful place! Too bad I couldn't get inside.
  • Beautiful cathedral, not very impressive, but worth seeing it.
  • Nice cathedral, though not very impressive. It looks a bit boring because of all the empty walls and the lack of decorations.
  • A beautiful and very very very old cathedral. Must stop in stavanger. Tours available.
  • Nice old church next to the tourist information