by Antonio Gil October. 23, 2014 3133 views

Stavanger Cathedral (Stavanger domkirke) is Norway's oldest cathedral. It is situated in the middle of Stavanger, and is the seat of the Diocese of Stavanger. It was finished around 1150, and the city of Stavanger counts 1125 as its year of foundation. The Cathedral was consecrated to Swithin as its patron saint. Saint Swithun was an early Bishop of Winchester and subsequently patron saint of Winchester Cathedral.
Stavanger was ravaged by fire in 1272, and the Cathedral suffered heavy damage. It was rebuilt under bishop Arne, and the Romanesque Cathedral was enlarged in the Gothic style.
In 1682, king Christian V decided to move Stavanger's episcopal seat to Kristiansand. However, on Stavanger's 800th anniversary in 1925, king Haakon VII instated Jacob Christian Petersen as Stavanger's first bishop in nearly 250 years.
During a renovation in the 1860s, the Cathedral's exterior and interior was considerably altered. The stone walls were plastered, and the Cathedral lost much of its medieval looks. A major restoration led by Gerhard Fischer in 1939-1964 partly reversed those changes. The latest major restoration of the Cathedral was conducted in 1999. Andrew Lawrenceson Smith is famous for his works here.

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Magdalena Zet 5 years, 2 months ago

The drill and graffiti are the most eye-catching for me. But generally the whole set is great. :)

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Dany 5 years, 2 months ago

Un bien bel endroit avec une belle cathédrale ainsi que des prises de vues originales.

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Sadhya Rippon 5 years, 2 months ago

It looks a very pleasant place. Reading Jo Nesbo gives the impression of violence and crime, but it isn't apparent in your peaceful pictures of Stavanger.

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Kris 5 years, 2 months ago

i can see that u had a really awesome experience there, very good photographs and you are so generous enough to share the beauty of norway to all of us. thanks, antonio! #4 is really cool! :)

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Sreekumar Marar 5 years, 2 months ago

Norway has a lot to offer for enthusiastic tourists...your clicks are very encouraging, Antonio :). Love the building architecture in #1.

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Roxanne 5 years, 2 months ago

fascinating Cathedral history. it is wonderful they place such importance on rebuilding & renovating. i just love your selective color statue of David. really awesome. I also am amazed at the cleanliness of this country.

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Josy 5 years, 2 months ago

J'avoue avoir un faible pour votre "couleur sélective". Un nu habillé de "pensées" hermétiques que l'on a envie d'effeuiller... :)

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Glo B 5 years, 2 months ago

fascinating artwork! lovely area too!

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Teo Montana 5 years, 2 months ago

I love street art Too!! great finds!

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Louise Hayes 5 years, 2 months ago

I love the street art.....

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Gillian Parsons 5 years, 2 months ago

Love the first.

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Kenny H 5 years, 2 months ago

I love number 4. Very creative.

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