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Stavanger Cathedral

Haakon Viis gate 2 | Stavanger, Stavanger 4005, Norway
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According to tradition the cathedral was built in the year 1125, after Sigurd Jorsalfarer named Stavanger as a cathedral city. Bishop Reinald of Winchester was responsible for its construction. The church was built in Anglo-Norman style, probably by English craftsmen. The church' patron saint is St. Svithun, and it is reputed that his arm was one of the church' original relics. In 1272 the cathedral was damaged by fire, after which it received a new chancel built in the Gothic style. Stavanger Cathedral is the only Norwegian cathedral from the Middle Ages that has retained its original appearance and been in constant use. Opening hours: Mon-Sun 11am-7pm, June-Aug. Tue-Thurs and Sat 11am-4pm, Sept-May, closed Mon and Fri. High Mass every Sunday at 11am. Morning Mass in the Bishop's Chapel every Wednesday at 8am Thursdays 11.15-11.45. Thursday Mass.
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Haakon Viis gate 2 | Stavanger, Stavanger 4005, Norway
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I almost didn't go into this cathedral but I am so glad I did. It was really beautiful in there and it smelled so old. Everyone talks about the pulpit and it is quite spectacular but I find that kind of thing a bit off...More

Thank mudskippa
Reviewed 2 days ago

From the 12th century! The carved wooden Pulpit is exquisite! Unfortunately, the stained glass windows were being repaired and restored so we were not able to see them. ( but we did see a picture of what they will look like when finished and I...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

On our visit to Stavanger sought out the Cathedral to visit not because of religious interest - purely historical interest. Unfortunately for some reason the doors were locked shut.

Thank Vada
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The cathedral is just a short stroll from where the cruise ships dock. There is a small entrance fee but it is well worth the money. There is lots of information around the church in English which is worth reading but it's an amazing place...More

Thank JIP2013
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is very interesting to visit the cathedral in Stavanger. It has the old design and well maintained. I liked the bell sound every hour.

Thank Bandar A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is always a privilege to be in a place that has stood witness to significant change. That is certainly so for the once Roman Catholic but now Lutheran Cathedral. The no-fuss building says something of the matter-of-fact faith of sea-faring folk.

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sadly there are renovating the exterior so that view wasn't the best for us but beautiful inside. About 30-35NOK to enter can't remember exactly but nice to see the Norwegian church style as someone who loves church hopping in Europe! Lovely stone detailing and the...More

Thank Barbs25
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cathedral is located at top of square, easy walking from Cruise terminal. Entrance fee is required but entry is very efficiently handled. Taking photographs is permitted. Lots of placards are tastefully located giving explanations of what you are looking at.

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice cathedral, but compared with others you are likely to come across in Norway nothing exceptional.... but certainly worth a visit. There is a nominal entrance fee, as with all cathedrals we came across in Norway and I believe that photography is prohibited, but...More

Thank Chris C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You have to pay a small entrance charge which I don't mind if there is something to see. The church was having an organ moved which meant you could not get close to the pulpit or altar. Said a quick prayer and lit a candle.

Thank RitaGina
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25 July 2017|
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Response from Lindagreenacre | Reviewed this property |
We visited in June and definitely had to pay to enter. There was no getting past the staff on the door. I think it worked out at about £3.00. each. It was a Sunday afternoon and as far as I remember, entry in the morning... More
13 August 2015|
Response from Anette S |
It costs 30 NOK to enter during the summer season, and the tower isn't open for visitors
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