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Address: Haakon Viis gate 2 | Stavanger, Stavanger 4005, Norway
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+47 51 84 04 00

According to tradition the cathedral was built in the year 1125, after...

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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Small cathedral in use since 1125, within walking distance from cruise ship docks. Small charge to view the interior and yes they take credit cards. Wood carvings are exceptional... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Small cathedral in use since 1125, within walking distance from cruise ship docks. Small charge to view the interior and yes they take credit cards. Wood carvings are exceptional along with painted epitaphs that date back to 1600's. Interior is very simple. Stained glass windows in main chapel were out for restoration. Side windows are there-pale pink and green panes.... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We enjoyed spending time in this peaceful place. Quite a small Cathedral but with some beautiful carvings. Unfortunately the stain glass windows were being restored.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Quite unlike many great European cathedrals, the cathedral in Stavanger should be on every traveller's list of things to do in this attractive city.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I like churches but this one didn't have a lot to say. The style may be typical romanesque but there is little decoration, not many artifacts and it's not cheap unless you're old. Too much restoration.

Thank Terry B
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful church that should be visited, the wood craving inside the church are very beautiful it is hard to believe that these are done by hand. There is leaflets about the church in many different languages which are free.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If visiting Stavanger, you must take time to take in this beautiful cathedral. Its simple, elegant charm truly sums up the calm, beauty of Stavanger. Take some coins for the money box and enjoy some relaxing reflection in the cathedral's beautiful surroundings.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful church - i think it is the oldest in Norway. Amazing architecture and so beautiful on the inside. If you are in to old buildings, like churches or are even just in Stavanger, definitely pop in and look around. It is stunning.

Thank Nikolina M
Stavanger, Norway
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting building, open all day. Good for studying decoration or just for a quiet moment alone...

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stavanger Cathedral has been in continuous use for 900 years and is very well preserved. There is a small entrance fee but well worth a visit. The stained glass window by the alter was being restored and in its place examples of the four seasons.

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Stavanger, Norway
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Stavanger Cathedral stands as a testimony to the power of the churches in past centuries. Only the kings could rival the churches in resources to build such massive and lasting constructions. Your feelings are mixed between awe for its beauty and sadness for the human sufferings that made it possible.... That said, the Cathedral is a very nice and... More 

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