St Olav's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Oslo

St Olav's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Oslo

St Olav Domkirke is the principal Catholic place of worship in Oslo. It was the first Catholic church to be built in Norway following the Lutheran Reformation, a Christian movement led by Martin Luther which briefly outlawed Catholicism in Northern Europe. Established in 1843, the church was built to serve a growing Catholic population which grew from immigration into Norway. It is thought that there are only 36,000 Catholics living in Norway – and 60% were born abroad. The cathedral has consistently held Mass in a variety of languages since its formation, encouraging a diverse range of worshipers to attend.

The cathedral was designed by architect H.E. Schirmer in the neo-Gothic style. Inaugurated in 1856, it became the main church of the Catholic Diocese of Oslo a century later. Highlights of the church’s interior include an altarpiece depicting Raphael’s Madonna, an Italian marble tabernacle donated by Pope Pius, and a throne used by Pope John Paul II in 1989. Fully restored in 1975, the church was fitted with a new high altar and pillars in the naves. The oldest item found in the building is the last surviving relic attributed to King Olav, the patron saint of Norway, after whom the cathedral is named.
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Sight Name: St Olav's Roman Catholic Cathedral
Sight Location: Oslo, Norway
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Hanshaugen Religious Walk  

Walking Tours in Oslo, Norway

Create Your Own Walk in Oslo

Create Your Own Walk in Oslo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Oslo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Kvadraturen Walk

Kvadraturen Walk

Kvadraturen is the oldest quarter of Oslo. It is located in the very heart of the Sentrum borough and offers plenty of tourist spots to visit. Take this tour to explore the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Gamle Raadhus, Film Museum and many others.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Bygdøy Self-Guided Tour

Bygdøy Self-Guided Tour

Also called Oslo's Museum Center, Bygdøy is where some of the most visited museums are located, displaying precious items from Norway’s past. You can also visit Bygdøy’s beautiful parks, forests or the wonderful beach located on the west side.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Pipervika Bay Walk

Pipervika Bay Walk

Norway's capital, Oslo, is a magnificent city where you will find an eclectic mix of architectural styles. Be sure to explore its lovely streets and wonderful museums that are considered to be some of the best in the world, as well as original restaurants and cafes located in the Pipervika Bay.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Sentrum Walk

Sentrum Walk

Sentrum, meaning city-center, is located on the southeast side of the city near the inner Oslofjord. The district is dominated by high buildings and valuable tourist attractions. Take this tour to visit Ibsen Museum, as well as Stortinget, National Theater, University of Oslo, National Gallery, Oslo Cathedral and many others.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Frogner Walk

Frogner Walk

Frogner is an Oslo borough, located in the West End part of the Norwegian capital, renowned for its exceptional residential and retail facilities. The area is named after Frogner Manor, the site of which is now occupied by the eponymous Frogner Park. Centrally located, this is one of the priciest districts in Oslo, abounding in parks, marinas and pretty architecture. Take this tour to explore the most interesting sites of the borough, including Frogner Church, Oslo City Museum, Vigeland Sculpture Park and more.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Hanshaugen Religious Walk

Hanshaugen Religious Walk

Learn more about the religious life of Oslo by taking this walking tour of the city’s most important sacred sights. An interesting variety of design, including Protestant and Catholic churches, can be found in Oslo Hanshaugen borough.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km

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