Hamar Cathedral

Hamar, Norway

Hamar Cathedral was erected as a result of Hamar achieving city status in 1849 and re-emerged as an independent diocese two years later. Noting rapid growth and the need for a diocese to cover areas of eastern Norway, the Church of Norway established the seat for the newly formed diocese of Norway in Hamar in 1864. The architect for the cathedral was Heinrich Ernst Schirmer, the local general contractor was Herman Frang. The cathedral was consecrated for services on 15 December 1866. The exterior was built in simple, nearly austere German Romanesque style and is largely unchanged since its construction.

In the 1920s, several changes were made to the interior. In 1950, bishop Kristian Schjelderup called for a significant renovation of the interior. Arnstein Arneberg was commissioned as architect, and his design called for nearly completely gutting the interior. All that remain from the original interior are the supporting structure for the organ loft, only the baptismal font and two silver candlestick holders. The new interior was opened on May 9, 1954.

The interior is characterized by an elevated nave, inspired by the basilica structure. The windows are decorated with fabric-like paintings, possibly based on medieval tapestries. The central feature of the interior is the altar, which is possibly the most unusual feature of the cathedral. Henrik Sørensen's depiction of the resurrected Jesus Christ was inspired by a Nordic archetype. On the side panels Sørensen depicted the anxious mother and Hans Nielsen Hauge's awakening. The ceiling was painted by Arve Hagen. The pulpit and the bar in front of the sanctuary were carved by Anthon Røvik. The pulpit includes a depiction of Francis of Assisi.



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Kirkegata 14, Hamar, Norway
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Founded: 1849
Category: Religious sites in Norway

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dimirty valdres (4 months ago)
good service, better with Moroccan product bought behind the church!
Karen Høie (7 months ago)
Hamar Cathedral is located clearly visible in the city centre, and both the exterior and interior are bright and inviting. Henrik Sørensen's altarpiece is well known. On the central panel, a young and future-oriented Christ is seen, the side wing th. shows Hans Nilsen Hauge standing in the field next to his horse and every now and then being "called". This is the only altarpiece in Norway where a horse has been given such a prominent place. The ceiling paintings have the evangelists, the Holy Spirit and an angel as motifs; the main door, altar ring and pulpit are also richly decorated. Norway's first female priest, Ingrid Bjerkås, was ordained in Hamar Cathedral in 1961, and Rosemarie Køhn was consecrated bishop here in 1993. In 2023, a statue of her was erected on the church hill outside. Organ and choir concerts are regularly organized in Hamar Cathedral. In 2022, the church got a new and full-fledged organ, with two music desks that can be operated both mechanically and digitally. The acoustics in the church were also improved, and the organ and church room are well suited for concerts.
Tore S (2 years ago)
High and freely situated, and very exciting altarpiece by Henrik Sørensen. The picture t.h. shows Hans Nilsen Hauge's spiritual experience.
John Arne Tandberg (2 years ago)
Very large and nice cathedral
Dux Bellum (3 years ago)
Great church with a lot of history.
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