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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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  • No visit to Tromso is complete without a visit to this Cathedral. I believe it is the last surviving wooden cathedral in Norway. I was so fortunate to visit at a time when I was able to have a persona...  more »
  • beautiful church, evening is particularly atmospheric not always open in the snow, after it is but centrally located, one can come Yes again
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  • Nice place to stop and take pics. pretty much like the town square, nice restaurants and shopping around.  more »
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  • Nice place to stay and enjoy a few minutes
  • Pretty good meeting spot and it's an interesting building.
  • Nothing too fancy about it. It's a nice landmark in the sky for orientation though.
  • Beautiful.
  • Nice church though simple.