Since the conference didn’t start until today I was able to get out and do some sightseeing in and around Trondheim yesterday. I mentioned in a previous post that two of the most famous landmarks in the city are the Nidaros Cathedral and the Archbishop’s Palace. It’s hard to describe in text just how beautiful the cathedral was to see in person because I wouldn’t be able to convey the intricacies of the sculptures or artwork to do the real thing any justice. As can be seen below, the front of the cathedral is covered with tens of religious figures all carved from stone and the spire that towers into the sky.
It costs around 40 NOK (roughly $7) to go inside and I’m glad I did because the views from the inside were as awe inspiring as those from the exterior. It’s difficult to say exactly what each of the artifacts inside represents because the signs were mostly in Norwegian. Suprisingly, even though the inside was very dimly lit a number of pictures came out really well. The images of the stained glass looked very blurry so I decided not to include them in the gallery.
I didn’t find the Archbishop’s Palace to be anything terribly special other than having been around for almost one thousand years. The courtyard and some buildings are palacial in size but certainly aren’t shown in a way one would expect a palace to be.
On the grounds, though, there was a museum dedicated to Norway’s involvement in World War II and and seizure by the Nazis. The displays were very well done with lots of pictures and historical documents — I learned a great deal from the hour or so I spent inside.