Saturday, 18 April 2009

The Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø

On the other side of the water, in the suburb of Tromsdalen, you find a church which is a masterpiece of architecture, designed to reflect the nature, culture and faith in the Arctic regions. Its spires are said to represent the 11 apostles left after the betrayal. The entire east wall is formed by one of the largest stained-glass windows in Europe.
The Tromsdalen Church (Tromsdalen Kirke), which is more commonly known as The Arctic Cathedral (Ishavskatedralen, literally "The Cathedral of the Arctic Sea"), was built in 1965. The church is a parish church and not, strictly speaking, a cathedral.The church was drawn by Jan Inge Hovig, and its building materials consist mainly of concrete. Because of the church's distinct look and situation, it has often been called "the opera house of Norway", likening it to the famous Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. The church is probably the most famous landmark in Tromsø, although Tromsø does have another church of interest, the Tromsø Cathedral, which is noted for being the only wooden cathedral in Norway.
These pictures are taken at midnight.
The front of the church.
A little peek of Tromsø in the background.
At daytime....

1 comment:

Béa said...

The Arctic Cathedral is sumptuous !
Thanks for the pictures. Kiss from France

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