Glimpse of Trondheim

Norway is a beautiful country and a real joy to travel through.  On our return trip from Halsa, we spent a few hours in Norway’s third largest city, Trondheim. We managed to see some of the most important landmarks before we continued by train to the capital, Oslo. 

Trondheim was founded in 997 by a Viking King, Olav Tryggvason who became a Christian.  Christianization of Norway was a bloody affair. Olav Tryggvason died in the final battle and become a saint. The largest cathedral in northern Europe was built in his memory.  Trondheim became the first capital of Norway and was considered as an archbishops’ site by 1152 making it an important religious pilgrimage destination.

We only had a little time and guided by my husband we were able to see the most important landmarks of the city. Here are some photos:

Bye, bye Halsa. Waiting for the bus to Trondheim

Bye, bye Halsa. Waiting for the bus to Trondheim

 

It’s good with a coffee after three and a half hours on the bus

It’s good with a coffee after three and a half hours on the bus

 

A statue of St. Olav on the market square at the city center

A statue of St. Olav on the market square at the city center

 

Cute deer sculpture in front of the royal residence

Cute deer sculpture and I :)

 

My husband’s youngest son, Edvard beside the “Mother and Son” sculpture by artist Kristofer Leirdal with the son representing hope for the victims in Norway during the World War II

 

St. Mary’s Church or Church of Our Lady constructed in the 12th century besides the Nidaros Cathedral

St. Mary’s Church or Church of Our Lady constructed in the 12th century beside the Nidaros Cathedral

 

Nidaros Cathedral, the northernmost medieval cathedral in the world built over the grave of St. Olav

Nidaros Cathedral, the northernmost medieval cathedral in the world built over the grave of St. Olav

 

A mighty cathedral in the far North

A mighty cathedral in the far North

 

The Old Town Bridge, also called “the portal of happiness” connecting the city center and the city’s old port area

The “Old Town Bridge”, also called “the portal of happiness” connecting the city center and the city’s old port area

 

At the old port area near the Nidelva river

At the old port area by the Nidelva river

 

Admiring the colorful wooden buildings

Admiring the colorful wooden buildings

 

On my way to Oslo

Leaving Trondheim…

 

Crossing the mountain plateau

Crossing the mountain plateau towards Oslo

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