Gyldenløves gate 9, Kristiansand, Norway
Tel: +47 38 19 69 00, Fax: +47 38 19 69 60
Kristiansand Cathedral Reviews
Kristiansand Cathedral Jan 13, 2011
Kristiansand Cathedral was finished in 1885, almost 5 years after the city fire. It cost USD 40.000 to build it and they used 700.000 bricks. It is one of the largest churches in the country with 1500 seats. When it was finished in the late 19th century it could seat 2029 people plus 1216 standing guests.
The Cathedral is 70 meters high, 60 meters long and 38.7 meters wide. It is the fourth church that stands on the site. The first church was build of wood in 1645. In order to use the ancient walls of the cathedral that burned in 1880, the altar was placed towards the west, while the churches generally tend to have the altar in the east. Kristiansand Cathedral is bulit in a neo-Gothic style and was designed by the architect Thrap-Meyer and built by master carpenter Theodor Hansen.
At the Cathedral's 50th anniversary in 1935, major changes were made. It was painted grey while the pulpit and altarpiece were painted deep blue. The paint did not last long and was removed at the cathedral´s 75-year anniversary in 1959/60. The Cathedral has a beautiful wooden ceiling and six beautiful stained glass windows with Biblical themes made by the painter Karl Kristiansen.
The organ is built by the German Paul Ott. The old organ, which is a national treasure, is still in the church tower. Every hour 36 bells ring from the cathedral tower.
The view from the top of the cathedrals tower is spectacular. There are guide tours to the top at 11 am and 2 pm in the summer. Opening hours varies, depending on the day of the week and time of the year. Twice a week it is open at night as well. They also offer concerts.
Entrance to the Cathedral is free, but the tour of the tower cost NOK 20 (USD 3).
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