The Arctic Cathedral, Tromsdalen

For a taste of modern northern architecture, visit The Arctic Cathedral, one of Tromso's important churches. Built in 1965 and partially inspired by Sydney, Australia's famous opera house, the church showcases a triangular construction and a glass frontal facade. Though the main structure is concrete, it's covered by aluminum sheets. Explore the interior of the church, which, though mostly minimalist, boasts an intricate stained-glass window on one end (as well as an organ with nearly 3,000 pipes). Be sure to bring your camera and get a shot of the cathedral from a distance or across the water, as the peaked structure stands out starkly against the mountainous backdrop. Put The Arctic Cathedral into our Tromsdalen attractions tool to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Tromsdalen.
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  • Everything about the church is stunning from its triangular shape, its stain glass windows and its huge organ. We were told the stain glass had to be replaced because the previous one was in yellow gl...  more »
  • Unique architecture provides an overwhelming sense of tranquility and peace. Windows were magnificent and we could only wonder about how beautiful it would be at night fully illuminated. While a small...  more »
  • Beautiful church with unique architecture, unfortunately, it was having a funeral and hence not open to visitors when we were here in September 2018. There is small parking behind the church, up the slope. To appreciate the exterior architecture, it is best to take photos from opposite side of the road, or even better, opposite side of the shore.
  • Unique architecture. Illuminated at night and can be seen from far away. Lots of tourists come there so if possible go at a time where there are no cruise ships in town.
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