Tuesday, 21 April 2009
ABC Wednesday, N for Nidaros Cathedral
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In June 2006, I was in Trondheim, Norway for the first time. Of course I wanted to see the Nidaros Cathedral and I took some photos. There was a guided tour, which I found most interesting. Here are some facts:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Nidaros Cathedral (Nidarosdomen), considered the most significant church in Norway, is located in Trondheim. It was the cathedral of the Norwegian archdiocese, from its establishment in 1152 until its abolition in 1537. Since the Reformation, it has been the cathedral of the Lutheran bishops of Trondheim or Nidaros. The architectural style of the cathedral is romanesque and gothic. It was an important destination for pilgrims coming from all of Northern Europe.
The first coronations of Norwegian kings took place in Bergen or Oslo. Nidaros Cathedral became the coronation church after 1400, but coronations were discontinued after the Reformation, when the union with Denmark was cemented. Coronations were resumed after the restoration of national independence in 1814. The constitution of 1814 stipulated that Trondheim Cathedral was to be the coronation church of the realm. The last coronation took place in 1906. Two years later, an amendment to the constitution did away with the provisions for coronations. Later monarchs have instead officially received the blessings of the Church in the cathedral. The royal regalia are kept there, since 2006 on public display.
The cathedral was thought to be erected directly over the burial site of King Olav Haraldsson, who was killed in the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030. King Olav was declared a saint one year and five days after his death, and pilgrims soon started flocking to Nidaros. Next time my post will deal with Olav Haraldsson.
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