Last week since we had such nice weather (which is continuing into this week) so Yngve and I took a walk into “downtown” Trondheim, where we stopped by a few neat places, including Nidaros Cathedral.
First, let me show yall a map of Trondheim:
The “downtown” area of Trondheim is the little triangular shaped area where the river Nidelva snakes around and empties into the Fjord. Looking at the downtown area, Yngve and I live somewhat north eastish of this place near the Lade area.
According to Wikipedia, Trondheim is situated where the river Nidelva meets Trondheimsfjorden with an excellent harbour and sheltered condition. Trondheim was named Kaupangen (English: market place or trading place) by Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997. Fairly soon, it came to be called Nidaros . It was frequently used as the seat of the king, and was capital of Norway until 1217. In the late Middle Ages the name was changed to Trondheim. In the Dano-Norwegian period, during the years as a provincial town in the united kingdoms of Denmark-Norway, the city name was spelled Trondhjem. The words heim(r) and hjem all mean “home”, the word “Trond” means “A good place” or alternative, i.e “A good place to live”, or “A good home”.
ANYWAY. enough of that.
Nidaros is considered one of the most significant churches in Norway- and no wonder… its friggin beautiful! Work began on the Cathedral in 1070 and it has seen a number of changes over the years. There have been several fires which severely damaged the building in 1327 and again in 1531. In 1708 it burned AGAIN, which apparently destroyed everything except the stone exterior.
Anyway, so Nidaros has been been patched up and fixed and changed around for years and years, but here it still stands!
Major rebuilding and restoration began in 1869, and another was done in 1907 which REALLY changed a number of the facades from what they looked like before as evidenced by this photo taken in 1857.
So since its tourist season at the moment, Yngve and I didnt go inside (it costs to tour the interior right now, so we’ll wait until the fall or winter to see the inside so we dont have to pay) but we wandered around the outside quite a bit. We sat on a bench and I attempted to take a couple photos of the Western facade, but my camera could only capture half of it at a time. We wandered around each facade and I marveled at some of the detail in the stone and attempted to put some of my degree to use by noticing certain architectural details and trying to remember the names for everything in gothic and gothic revival architecture. :P
As we walked along the path around the Cathedral, Yngve called me away from the path to look at some stuff he said tourists dont usually get a chance to see because they’re afraid to walk off the path and walk straight up to the building. What a nice surprise to get to see is something I absolutely adore! Old graffiti! I took a few shots of some of the better ones- seeing the 18th and 19th century equivalents of “Bob was here” always makes me giggle.
So thats Nidaros. This fall or winter I’ll tour the inside and take loads of pretty pictures there. Maybe I’ll be able to get a better exterior shot without loads of Germans and Danes and Swedes and Italians and other Norwegians milling around in front of the building. :P
We wandered around downtown a bit more, stopping at a few other touristy places, including this neat little mid 19th century bridge that I’m just in love with. :)
Also, on the way into town from where we live, we pass through an area called Solsiden (The Sunny Side) that used to be the drydocks and a shipbuilding area- they removed the industrial buildings and replaced them with condos and a shopping area. According to Wikipedia Soldiden is “a popular residential and shopping area, especially for young people.” I think I’d have to agree. Its pretty in its own right as well… Yngve says it used to be like a big ship junkyard and he and his friends would go there and climb on the bits of wreckage. hehe. Now its been turned into something quite nice.
Anyway, so theres a few photos from Trondheim. I’m off to enjoy more of this sunny sunny weather we’re having.
Oh… but before I go…
chain link fence kitty is watching you: