St. Olav's Cathedral, Oslo
|St. Olav's Cathedral|
|Sankt Olav domkirke|
|Architect(s)||Heinrich Ernst Schirmer and
Wilhelm von Hanno
|Bishop(s)||Bernt Ivar Eidsvig|
At the time of construction, this church, being built at Hammersborg, near the graveyard of Our Saviour (Norwegian: Vår Frelsers gravlund), was located in the countryside outside the then city of Oslo. The work was funded by private donations and fundraising abroad, the most generous individual donor being Queen Josephine, who was a Catholic herself.
The first mass of the church was celebrated on August 24th, 1856, but as there was no Roman Catholic bishop in the country, the church was not consecrated until August 8th, 1896.
When the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oslo was established in 1953, St. Olav's was chosen as the episcopal seat and was elevated to the rank of cathedral. It is the second Catholic cathedral in Oslo.
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