Tønsberg Cathedral

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Tønsberg Cathedral
Tønsberg Domkirke
Tønsberg domkirke Norway tower 2015-09-25.jpg
Tønsberg Cathedral
Tønsberg Cathedral is located in Norway
Tønsberg Cathedral
Tønsberg Cathedral
59°16′9.05″N 10°24′16.4″E / 59.2691806°N 10.404556°E / 59.2691806; 10.404556Coordinates: 59°16′9.05″N 10°24′16.4″E / 59.2691806°N 10.404556°E / 59.2691806; 10.404556
LocationTønsberg, Vestfold
DenominationChurch of Norway
ChurchmanshipEvangelical Lutheran
Former name(s)St. Laurentius' Church, Tønsberg Church
Functional statusActive
Architect(s)Christian Heinrich Grosch
DioceseDiocese of Tunsberg

Tønsberg Cathedral (Norwegian: Tønsberg Domkirke) is a Lutheran church located in Tønsberg, Norway. It is the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Tunsberg within the Church of Norway. Originally a parish church, it was elevated to cathedral status in 1948 when the Diocese of Tunsberg was created, detached from the Diocese of Oslo. The cathedral has space for 550 seats. [1] [2]

History and description[edit]

The cathedral is built over the ruins of St. Laurentius' Church (Laurentiuskirken), which was built in the first half of the 12th century and demolished in 1814. It is a Brick Gothic church, originally designed by the architect Christian Heinrich Grosch and completed in 1858 on the site of the ancient church. The cathedral of Tønsberg was dedicated by Bishop Jens Lauritz Arup on December 19, 1858. The cathedral was remodeled in 1939 with a restoration led by architect Arnstein Arneberg. [3]

Interior, Tønsberg Cathedral during a service.
The cathedral, located in central Tønsberg
Statue of Svend Foyn by Anders Svor from 1915

The cathedral is richly carved including figures representing the four Evangelists and their personal symbols. The Baroque altar was carved by Jens Jølsen in 1764. The altarpiece shows Jesus' struggle at Gethsemane. It was painted in 1760 by Jacob Pederssøn Lindgaard (1719-1789). The pulpit, created by unknown local artisans, is from 1621. The cathedral also owns two 16th-century Holy Bibles, one from 1550 and one from 1589. The baptismal font is by sculptor Christopher Borch (1817-1896) and was donated by Svend Foyn. In the grounds of the cathedral, a bronze statue of Svend Foyn by the sculptor Anders Svor (1864-1929) was unveiled in 1915. [4] [5] [6] [7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Murarkitektur i Tønsberg: Tønsberg Domkirke (artemisia.no)
  2. ^ "Tønsberg domkirke". Kulturminne. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Laurentiuskirken (Tønsberg)". lokalhistoriewiki.no. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  4. ^ www.visittonsberg.com about Tønsberg Cathedral
  5. ^ "Jacob Pederssøn Lindgaard". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  6. ^ Elisabeth Elster. "Christopher Borch". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Andes Svor". Anders Svor Museum. Retrieved 1 September 2018.

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