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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  • August 15, 2017
    It is all wood and inside is really nice, simple but all wooden. Recommended visit
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  • August 13, 2017
    In the centre of Tromsø, we found this very beautiful, elegant church with its colors. Inside with his Lutheran mind is very bright. More free.
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  • August 3, 2017
    I notice that some other visitors have managed to get into this church but I'm not sure how. We have visited a few times and it is always closed which is very disappointing. Quite impressive from the ...  more »
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  • March 15, 2017
    Perhaps Tromsø's oldest building. They let you climb the main clock tower once a year during the Culture Night.
  • December 3, 2016
    Beautiful location for day portraiture, we were shooting with canon 1dc a short film around this place
  • November 27, 2016
    One of tromso landmarks. Cannot go in to visit in winter? Take some photos when passing by.
  • December 8, 2016
    Beautiful at night with a snowy background, and soft lighting.
  • October 15, 2016
    Nice place to stay and enjoy a few minutes

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