WOO HOO, MEETING MY FIRST TRAVBUDDY, MARIT (tvillingmarit) IN TRONDHEIM, NORWAY
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We are in
Nidaros Cathedral (Nidarosdomen), considered the most significant
The cathedral was thought to be erected directly over the burial site of King Olav Haraldsson, who was killed in the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030.
Work on the cathedral started in 1070 and was finished sometime around 1300. The cathedral was badly damaged by fires in 1327 and again in 1531. The nave west of the transept was destroyed and was not rebuilt until the restoration in early 1900s. In 1708 it burned down completely except for the stone walls. It was struck by lightning in 1719, and was again ravaged by fire. Major rebuilding and restoration of the cathedral started in 1869, initially led by architect Heinrich Ernst Schirmer, and nearly completed by Christian Christie. It was officially completed in 2001. Maintenance of the cathedral is an ongoing process.
Two large organs are installed in the Cathedral. The main organ was built by the Steinmeyer firm in 1930, and was erected in the north transept.
Today, the cathedral is a popular tourist attraction. Tourists often follow the historical pilgrim routes to visit the spectacular church.
My mum went inside the cathedral while a Marit and I talked outside and took pictures. Then we walked to the city square there the statue of King Olav Tryggvason in the middle and also the inside the square there is a circular design that forms a sun dial.
We walked across to the royal palace of the king and queen of
One of the largest wooden buildings in the Nordic countries, now called the Royal Residence, was completed in 1778 and stretched all of 58 meters along Munkegaten. The cost of the building was 7400 spesiedaler, in today's money approximately NOK 78 million...
Cecilia Christine Schøller, widow of the Privy Councillor, paid for this out of her large capital base, estimated at around five barrels of gold. The widow and her in-laws ended up with about 140 rooms at their disposal. However, she did not have many years to enjoy the splendid interior of her new house before she left for Copenhagen, where she died in 1786. Her son-in-law, General Georg Fredrik von Krogh, organized the lively social activities here before the heirs sold the house to the state in 1800. Then the County Governor and the County Court moved in.
Royal Residence from 1906
When Karl Johan was crowned in 1818, the Royal Residence served as the point of departure for the coronation procession to Nidaros Cathedral for the first time.
This mansion was the splendid backdrop for the blessing of King Olav V in 1958 and King Harald V in 1991, for the city's millennium celebrations, and for the joint celebration of the sixtieth birthdays of the King and the Queen in 1997. The Royal Residence has the style and exquisite detail that make it a true wooden palace. It offers rooms for any occasion including official receptions, with halls across the whole width of the house on both floors, with Troningssalen - the Throne Room - on the ground floor and Dronningens salong - the Queen's Salon - on the floor above.
Then Marit took us a red bridge, the gate of fortune. This bridge was built in 1861. The carved gates have made it Trondheim's distinctive hallmark.A sentry and excise house stood at either end of the bridge. The excise house on the west side is still standing and is now used as a day-care centre. The bridge and gates you see here were built by Carl Adolf Dahl, the executive municipal engineer in charge of public buildings and works in the last half of the 19th century.
Perhaps more beautiful than strong, heavy traffic is banned from this bridge. Stroll along the wooden walkway and look into the cool waters of the river where locals claim to have seen otters frolicking.
The Old Town Bridge crosses the Nidelva river and leads into Bakklandet. Enjoy the view of Kristiansen fortress and the distinctive wharves built along the river's edge. I took pictures.
Then Marit took us to Baklandet. It is a small town with cobblestone streets, small houses, and small stores. This idyllic neighbourhood on the east side of the Nidelva river features old timber buildings, originally the homes of the working class. Now restored, Bakklandet is a charming mixture of houses, shops and cafés. this is such a cute town.
This neighbourhood of wooden houses represents a special cultural environment which is an important and recognized part of the world's cultural heritage programme.
Bakklandet was first built in the 17th century, but was partly destroyed when the Swedish under General Armfeldt beleaguered the city. Reconstruction took place soon after as small houses were erected, for the most part occupied by seamen, fishermen and labourers.
This special atmosphere of the small houses lives on today. The houses have been restored and the neighbourhood is bubbling with life. There's something for everybody here: cultural-historical interests, special boutiques, cafe's and restaurants and that special feeling of a neighbourhood in harmony.
Then Marit took us to the Ringve museum. It is a museum of unusual musical instruments.
Ringve is situated only 10 minutes from
The Ringve Estate was the childhood home of "Tordenskiold", a famous Norwegian naval hero. Today the Ringve Botanical Gardens, NTNU surrounds the Estate and the old English garden from the 1800s is included here.
The café "Tordenskiold Kro" and the popular Museumshop at Ringve are only two of the many attractions which make Ringve one of
Next to it was the home of a Norwegian naval hero Petter Wessel Tordenskiold. We did not go inside the museum. We are going to that when we come back south to go back to
Marit gave a tour of her home. She had many pieces of art from her travels. She showed us pictures of her family. My mum asked for her addy to send her books about the
When we departed, there was a note saying that monk island use to be a prison island. It is similar to
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