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The Arctic Cathedral, Tromsdalen

Religious Site · Architectural Building
For a taste of modern northern architecture, visit The Arctic Cathedral, one of Tromso's important churches. Built in 1965 and partially inspired by Sydney, Australia's famous opera house, the church showcases a triangular construction and a glass frontal facade. Though the main structure is concrete, it's covered by aluminum sheets. Explore the interior of the church, which, though mostly minimalist, boasts an intricate stained-glass window on one end (as well as an organ with nearly 3,000 pipes). Be sure to bring your camera and get a shot of the cathedral from a distance or across the water, as the peaked structure stands out starkly against the mountainous backdrop. Put The Arctic Cathedral into our Tromsdalen attractions tool to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Tromsdalen.
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  • Really rather beautiful! It was lovely to visit and take a moments quiet. The architecture is amazing and it sits so proudly where it’s located. Lovely in daytime and nighttime.  more »
  • Ishavskatedralen also called, arctic cathedral owes its name to the fact that it is located above the arctic circle.. The Ishavskatedralen is not really a cathedral, but a Protestant parish church...  more »
  • Thanks to average artichecture, it is pleasing to the eyes. Also, ventilation/warming is well thought of. Otherwise, a run of the mill church.  more »
  • Really beautiful and outstanding. I love the fact that it’s visible from all around Tromso. It’s worth stopping by and taking a few close ups on the way to the cable car. I haven’t been inside so I cannot comment on that.
  • Beautiful church. Walked over the Tromsø bridge and it was definitely a fun walk and exciting to see the close getting closer and close as you battled the wind to get there. Lovely stained glass window inside the church, not much else to see on the inside but a beautiful building well worth making an effort to see.
  • Beautiful, was lovely to see most northern church on the earth. Beautiful construction however some other constructions and building hide this masterpiece from being seen from the far. 🙂😍 Totally a great experience.
  • The cathedral is beautiful, definitely worth a visit. Very clever design, very modern for a cathedral on the inside and the view of the city/harbour is lovely. It is a cathedral though, so unless you see the choir or partake in mass it is quite a quick visit, but still worth it
  • This is a really special and beautiful cathedral although it is a very strong tourist magnet and can be quite crowded from time to time. We have taken part on one of the Northern Lights Concert which we enjoined pretty much and was worth the money! If you are nearby the Cathedral visit it at least.

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