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The Arctic Cathedral, Tromso: Why It Is A Good Thing To Visit at Sundown

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The Arctic Cathedral in Tromso, Norway
Welcome to one of the nicest cathedral landmarks in Norway that you have to experience. You are guaranteed to take home the best of Tromso experience by discovering the amazing Arctic Cathedral, formerly known as the Romsdalen Church or Tromsøysund Church (Norwegian: Tromsdalen kirke or Tromsøysund kirke). Consecrated in 1965, this parish church is nicknamed as “The Cathedral of the Arctic Sea”. Braving the cold sundown winter weather, my troop and I decided to reach the church on foot. We walked from the city center, and crossed the iconic bridge connecting the other side of the city. I swear to you, despite the cold reverie, the beauty of the panoramic vista while crossing the bridge gives that drop dead godsmaking effect --- I could not take my eyes away from the picture-postcard vision. I had goosebumps writing about it now, even more so when I was there. It’s so beautiful!


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From the outside, this Tromsøysund parish, which is part of the Tromsø arch-deanery in the Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland looks like an opera house of Norway and is often likened to the famous Sydney Opera House of Australia. Although the Tromso Cathedral is better noted because it is the only wooden cathedral in Norway, the Arctic Cathedral is very famous because of its structural masterpiece and I have no doubt about that. As I approached the outside of this place of worship, I could feel the architectural dedication and style that was invested in this Evangelical Lutheran church. It looks like a sort-of-falling domino that is both divine and distinct. The surrounding snow filled area makes the photo taking even more enjoyable, so much so that a lot of people (locals and travelers alike) took a lot of time taking photos outside of the church, I wanted to pray for them to go inside, so that I can take a good photo as well. Lol.

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Of course when I laid my eyes on the view from the inside, it was a whole new story of stupor. The church is built out cast-in-place aluminium-coated concrete panels, with a magnificent glass mosaic made by Victor Sparre, and an iconic Grönlunds Orgelbyggeri
 organ. I really liked the impression that the glass mosaic gave, especially how it depicts God’s hand with three rays of light, one through Jesus, a woman, and a man. It’s very symbolical and it’s a surprise to see such masterpiece in a far and cold place like Tromso. While we had the chance to see the whole area, I was drawn closer and longer to this part of the church. If you happen to get the chance to do so, please go nearer, so that you can see the beautiful details up close.

We were the last to go out of the parish church, and good thing we did so. It was a melodramatic sight, with all the oak pews and large prism chandeliers slowly saying goodbye as the lights slowly get dimmer. It’s definitely a place to experience for yourself and if you are lucky, you get to experience it’s peace and tranquility; considering that this is a busy church, wherein concerts are being held all year long, often involving the congregation’s five choirs.

Address: Hans Nielsens vei 41 9020 Tromsø, Norway
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 9:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. Sun 1:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arctic-Cathedral/103178826402570?fref=mentions


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Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 54 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

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