Kristiansand Cathedral

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Kristiansand Cathedral
Kristiansand domkirke
Kristiansand Cathedral
Kristiansand Cathedral is located in Norway
Kristiansand Cathedral
Kristiansand Cathedral
58°8′46″N 7°59′41″E / 58.14611°N 7.99472°E / 58.14611; 7.99472Coordinates: 58°8′46″N 7°59′41″E / 58.14611°N 7.99472°E / 58.14611; 7.99472
Location Kristiansand, Vest-Agder
Country Norway
Denomination Church of Norway
Churchmanship Evangelical Lutheran
Former name(s) Trinity Church,
Our Saviors Church
Status Cathedral
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Henrik Thrap-Meyer
Style Neo Gothic
Materials Brick, cement
Parish Domkirken
Diocese Diocese of Agder og Telemark

Kristiansand Cathedral (Norwegian: Kristiansand domkirke) in Kristiansand, Norway, is the seat of the Bishop of Agder and Telemark in the Church of Norway. It is a Neo-Gothic church completed in 1885 and designed by the architect Henrik Thrap-Meyer.[1]

It is the third cathedral built in the town of Kristiansand and one of the largest cathedrals in Norway. It is 70 m (230 ft) long and 39 m (128 ft) wide, and the only tower is 70 m (230 ft) in height. Originally the cathedral had 2,029 seats and room for 1,216 standees, but seating has now been reduced to 1,300.

To re-use the walls of the previous cathedral, which burned down in 1880, the altar was positioned at the west end, rather than in the traditional position in the east.

The cathedral is in the same location as three previous buildings. The first, called Trinity Church, was built in 1645 and was a small wooden church. When Kristiansand was appointed the seat of the diocese in 1682, construction began on the town's first cathedral, called Our Savior's Church. That first cathedral, built in stone, was consecrated in 1696, but burned down in 1734. The second cathedral, consecrated in 1738, was destroyed by a fire that affected the whole city, on 18 December 1880. When the 1940 Nazi German attack on Kristiansand took place early in the morning of 9 April 1940, the 70-metre cathedral tower was hit by an artillery shell, which damaged the upper part.[2][3]

Inside Kristiansand Cathedral

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  1. ^ Brief history from homepage in Norwegian
  2. ^ [1] History from, in Norwegian
  3. ^ [2] History of the former cathedrals, with pictures, in Norwegian

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