ARCHITECT, Norwegian
(active 12th century in Trondheim)

Exterior view

Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim

Norway's national sanctuary, the Nidaros Cathedral, is built on the grave of Olaf the Holy, Norway's patron saint. The construction started in 1070, but the oldest parts still in existence are from the middle of the 12th century. It is the longest church in Scandinavia. St. Olaf, Rex perpetuus Norvegiae, was killed in the Battle of Stiklestad on July 29th 1030.

This cathedral owes much to English architecture. The flat-ended choir is connected to a n octagon containing the grave of St. Olaf, it is reminiscent of the rotunda at the top of the choir in Canterbury Cathedral.

The photo shows the west façade of the cathedral.

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