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Trondheim - Norway

A wooden chapel was made on this site around 1035, on the sepulcher of Olav the holy. A cathedral was built in 1090. The cathedral was extended in 1180, 1220, 1240 and 1300. Huge fires occured in 1328, 1432 and possibly 1451. In 1531, all of Trondheim burned down, and the cathedral was not restored properly due to bad economy. The church then burned again in 1708, and restored, only to burn down yet another time in 1719, after lightening had struck. It was then restored in a quite cheap way, partially in a borocco style.

A proper restauration started in 1869, and huge efforts was made in investigating how the cathedral once appeared. Most of the cathedral finished restauration in 1969, and the last statue was put on place in 1983. The church is today the largest in Scandinavia.










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I was both baptized and confirmed in the Nidaros Cathedral. I remember the confirmation ceremony was very special, with the echoing music and lights. The building itself is very much like a medieval castle, with secret rooms and chapels, and passageways going everywhere, from the towers down to the catacombs beneath.

Local legend has it that a ghost, known as 'Munken' (the Monk) haunts the cathedral building, sometimes appearing at services, looking down from the galleries.

The organist is not afraid of any ghost however, and often does his excercises at night. I've often walked past the cathedral on dark winter nights, accompanied by the eerie sounds of classical music coming from behind seemingly closed doors...

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