Stavanger Cathedral

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Stavanger Cathedral

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As we wondered around Stavanger, we were impressed by this cathedral set up on a slight hill. It was originally built as a Roman basilica in the early 12th century. In 1272, a fire damaged the church, so much was rebuilt in the Gothic style. Craftsmen from England were employed. The font is made from soap stone. The pulpit was the thing that I found to be most amazing, the carving on it shows the complete history of the bible. I found the details beautiful, and stayed ages studying the different forms, each painted so carefully. There is a large stained glass window in the eastern wall, showing scenes from Christmas, Easter and Whitsun. Stavanger Cathedral has been in use for 900 years, its middle age feeling is still in tact.


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