Stavanger Cathedral, Stavanger

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Standing at the entrance to the harbor and the city, Stavanger Cathedral represents the only medieval cathedral in Norway that has preserved its original appearance. The church was built in the early 12th century in Anglo-Norman style, but after a fire in 1272 the chancel was restored in the Gothic style. The cathedral was dedicated to the 9th-century bishop St. Svithun, whose arm was one of the original relics kept in the church. Legend has it that the cathedral's first bishop Reinald raised the funds for the building's construction by marrying King Sigurd the Crusader to his second wife when the bishop of Bergen refused to do so. The park around the cathedral provides a peaceful place for a walk and offers several picnic spots. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Stavanger trip simple and quick.
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  • Visited and it was closed but to make it worse, it was completely covered so you couldn’t see anything. The info on the boards outside was good but would have preferred to see the actual cathedral 
    Visited and it was closed but to make it worse, it was completely covered so you couldn’t see anything. The info on the boards outside was good but would have preferred to see the actual cathedral  more »
  • Beautiful building. Very beautiful inside. Worth a visit if you are allowed entry during Covid crisis 
    Beautiful building. Very beautiful inside. Worth a visit if you are allowed entry during Covid crisis  more »
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  • The cathedral was built in 1125 AD and marks the beginning of Stavanger. Built in both Roman and Gothic style, it is unique in many ways and it is the only church in Norway that has been in use continuously since the 14th century. It is not as huge and impressive as some of the major cathedrals of Europe of course but still a beautiful church in a lovely location. Note that the cathedral will be closed in mid 2020 for a couple of years for restoration in connection with the anniversary in 2025.
  • It's a bit tricky to get into the building, queuing can occur due to the limited ticket sale facilities and volunteers, who try to manage the flow of tourists through the structure. Small structure inside, not easy to take photos, very crowded. Still, impressively old, building breathes history.

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