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From Gdansk after two hours flight I came to Trondheim. With a population of 181,513 (October 1, 2013), it is the third most populous municipality in Norway. I have the whole day for sightseeing (with my backpack) as my night train was late in the night. It is a nice city. The most impressive monument is the Cathedral.
Nidaros Cathedral (Norwegian: Nidarosdomen / Nidaros Domkirke) was built over the burial site of Saint Olav, the king of Norway in the 11th century, who became the patron saint of the nation. It is the traditional location for the consecration of the King of Norway. It was built from 1070 to 1300, and designated as the cathedral for the Diocese of Nidaros in 1152. After the Protestant Reformation, it was taken from the Roman Catholics by the Lutheran Church in 1537. It is the northernmost medieval cathedral in the world.

The Gothic west front is an impressive wall of sculpture-filled niches, with twin towers and a central rose window. The overall effect is similar to the contemporary English cathedrals of Exeter, Wells, and Salisbury, while the sculptures show a French influence, especially when compared to those of Reims Cathedral. The sculptures, most of which are replacements made in the early 1900s, depict apostles, saints, Old Testament figures, bishops, angels and the virtues of Faith, Hope and Love.

I found this facade magnificent. Unfortunately, it is wide and difficult to photograph. As the main picture, the facade without the towers but with some people in front of it. In Workshop, the whole view but from the place farther away.

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