Arctic Cathedral, Tromso

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#1 of 6 in Historic Sites in Tromso
For a taste of modern northern architecture, visit 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 Arctic Cathedral into our Tromso attractions tool to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Tromso.
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  • The cathedral is quite amazing. The architecture of the a-frame is different from any I have seen with glass windows between each A section. The artistry inside is very impressive as well. It was well...  more »
  • In linea with the other reviews...not worth going on purpose unless maybe you are passionate about architecture, we just walked on the way back from the funicolare and found it on our way to go back t...  more »
  • Took a quick driving tour around Tromso but unfortunately did not leave enough time to stop and visit the inside. Apparently it has a beautiful stained glass inside and often have choir too which visi...  more »
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  • Much smaller inside then we think whem we look at it, but the glasses are different and beautiful. The view of the city is nice ! The best thing is the midnight sun concert. A little bit fast, but magical! An experience to be lived.
  • Best is the view from the outside, no much point spending 50kr for entrance since there is not much inside.
  • Stunning piece of architecture and worth a walk from the centre across the bridge in the snow 👍😉
  • Cool architecture and a non denomination church. But don't see why its so special. May have missed some story?
  • The building is quite the city landmark, but the real magic is inside: the soaring acoustics mean you simply have to come to a midnight concert if you can...

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