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Tromsø Cathedral, Tromso

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Tromsø Cathedral is a cathedral in the city of Tromsø in Troms county, Norway. The cathedral is part of the Tromsø domkirke parish in the Tromsø arch-deanery and it is the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland in the Church of Norway. This cathedral is notable since it is the only Norwegian cathedral made of wood.The church is built in Gothic Revival style, with the church tower and main entrance on the west front. It is probably the northernmost Protestant cathedral in the world. With over 600 seats, it is one of Norway's biggest wooden churches. It originally held about 984 seats, but many benches and seats have been removed over the years to make room for tables in the back of the church.HistoryThe structure was completed in 1861, with Christian Heinrich Grosch as the architect. It was built using a cog joint method. It is situated in the middle of the city of Tromsø (on the island of Tromsøya) on a site where in all likelihood there has been a church since the 13th century.The first church in Tromsø was built in 1252 by King Haakon IV as a royal chapel. It belonged to the king, therefore, not the Catholic Church. This church is mentioned several times in the Middle Ages as "St. Mary's near the Heathens" (Sanctae Mariae juxta Pagano).
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  • Didn't get to go inside but it looks beautiful when it is snowing and getting dark at 3 in the evening  more »
  • This 1861 wooden cathedral is lovely on the outside. Unfortunately it has very specific opening and closing times. They do hold concerts over summer in it, but it was closed when I went there. There w...  more »
  • This beautiful church sits right in the heart of central Tromso and is within easy walking distance of most downtown hotels and attractions. Although we did not get a chance to go inside, the outside ...  more »
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  • Perhaps Tromsø's oldest building. They let you climb the main clock tower once a year during the Culture Night.
  • Beautiful location for day portraiture, we were shooting with canon 1dc a short film around this place
  • One of tromso landmarks. Cannot go in to visit in winter? Take some photos when passing by.
  • Beautiful at night with a snowy background, and soft lighting.
  • Nice place to stay and enjoy a few minutes