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stroll around the city taking in the local sights. Words: Monica Selnes Photos: Øyvind Blomstereng The range of things to do in Trondheim is bigger than you would expect for a city of this size. With a population of 185,000, Trondheim is not a big city on a European scale. However, it is the third largest in Norway. The city was founded in 997 AD, and was called Nidaros until the Middle Ages. Trondheim was the capital of Norway from 1030 – 1217, and has played an important role in Norway’s history. If you are visiting Trondheim for a short time, or staying here long term and just want tips on what to do for the day, here are a few tips from the Tourist Information Office:
1. Lademoen and Svartla’mon: Lademoen is a densely populated residential area east of the city centre. The buildings were originally workmen’s houses. Svartlamoen consists of old wooden buildings and is considered an ‘alternative’ area. This area is characterized by art, including a large outdoor wall painting by Håkon Bleken and Håkon Gullvåt, two of Norway’s best known artists (see our feature on Street Art, pages 24-27). Lademoen church is surrounded by a beautiful park, which is often frequented by the locals.
2. Hospitalsløkkan: From above and down: Lademoen and Svartla’mon; Hospitalsløkkan; Ila Park; Nidaros Cathedral. All photos by Øyvind Blomstereng
The Old Trondhjem Hospital founded in 1277 is the oldest social institution in Scandinavia. The surrounding area, Hospitalsløkkan, is characterized by old wooden houses and is mostly a residential area. Hospitalskirken (the hospital church) dates from 1705. It was Norway’s first octagonal wooden church.
3. The old alleys: The modern day street plan is the result of the Cicignon plan of 1681. Yet, some of the medieval streets - Veitene - survive as alleys snaking between the broad and straight main streets. Among the oldest alleys are Apotekerveita, St. Jørgensveita and Sommerveita. (See map page 62, start at Nidarosdomen: St. Jørgensveita runs between Bispegate and Erling Skakkes Gate).
4. Nidaros Cathedral Nidaros Cathedral is the world’s northernmost gothic cathedral and was built over the tomb of St. Olav.The Cathedral is a very important goal for Pilgrims from all over the world. Nidaros Cathedral is also the place for royal coronations. Inside the Cathedral, you can see beautiful glass paintings, most of them by artist Gabriel Kielland. In the summer, you can climb the tower and enjoy the spectacular view of the city. Nidaros Cathedral offers special guided tours in the crypt underneath the Cathedral. See the listings section for more information.
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