Enjoy a visit to Norway’s only Gothic style cathedral and Norway's national shrine. The Nidaros Cathedral is built over the burial site of St Olav the Norwegian Viking King, who became patron saint of Norway. The history of this magnificent building began in 1035, and was completed around 1300.
Marvel at the cathedral’s architectural details and exquisite works of art, like statues and ornaments and the stained glass windows. Headstones from the Middle Ages have been put on display in the church crypt, representing the largest collection of medieval grave artefacts in Norway. After a guided tour of the cathedral, you have some time to explore on your own.
A musical journey in time
Next stop is Ringve Museum of Musical History where you can wander around among a multitude of instruments from all around the world. The talented guide leads you through music history demonstrating historical instruments such as a house organ made in the 1700s, a disc music box from the late 1800s and a self-playing piano from 1918. The interiors of the Manor house date back to the 1880’s and provide a beautiful setting for the exhibition.
An extra treat for floral enthusiasts
Next to the museum, you can enjoy floral beauty and explore plant diversity at Ringve botanical gardens. In the strictly geometric Renaissance garden, medicinal plants and herbs are neatly arranged, whereas in the Traditional Perennials, the lush perennials get to unfold freely along the trail. In the Systematic department you can follow the evolution of plant life through 250 million years.
Dates: 3 Apr - 2 Sept 2016, 3 Apr - 2 Sept 2017