Nidaros Cathedral

Foto: Marianne Vikan, NDR

St. Olav's burial church, Norway's national sanctuary and coronation church, and a pilgrim destination through a thousand years.


Bispegaten 11, 7012 Tronheim

The history of Nidaros Cathedral is approaching 1000 years. The construction of the cathedral started in 1070 and was finished sometime around 1300. Since then it has seen several fires, restorations and expansions. Formally, the cathedral was not completed until 2001.

Until the Reformation in 1537 the cathedral was known as "Cor Norvegiae", the Heart of Norway, but also called Christ Church in Nidaros. Although the cathedral was strongly associated with St. Olav it was not devoted to him, but to the Holy Trinity.

In the Norwegian Constitution of 1814 it was determined that the Norway's regent would be crowned in Trondheim. The Nidaros Cathedral was last used as coronation church in 1906, when Haakon VII was crowned. After the Parliament abolished the coronation ceremony in 1908, the cathedral has been used as venue for the Regent's blessing. The Norwegian Royal Regalia was previously stored here, and is now exhibited in the nearby Archbishop's Palace.

Today Nidaros Cathedral is a Lutheran cathedral and parish church, in addition to a venue for concerts and other events. The cathedral's central position in Norway's history and its grandiose appearance also makes it the most visited tourist attraction in Trondheim.

How to get free entrance to Nidaros Cathedral!

As a pilgrim, you can get free entrance to Nidaros Cathedral! All you have to do , is to visit The Pilgrim Reception near the cathedral and register your arrival. Here you will get the Olav's Letter, the last stamps in the passport, a nice chat with our volunteers, and a badge that gives you free admission to Nidaros Cathedral.

Be sure to visit The Pilgrim Reception before entering the cathedral!

Read more about what to do in the pilgrimage town of Trondheim!

The Pilgrimage Town of Trondheim gold coin is being placed in the pilgrims passport
Visit the Pilgrim Reseption in Nidaros Pilegrimsgård to recive the Olavsletter, the golden ticket of the pilgrimage town on Trondheim and the final stamps in the pilgrim passport.

Foto: Nidaros Pilegrimsgård

Program For Pilgrims 2024

Opening hours Nidaros Cathedral

Monday - Friday: 9:00 - 14:00

Saturday: 9:00 - 15:00

Sunday: 13:00 - 16:00

Services in Nidaros Cathedral

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday og Saturday

Pilgrim Service 18:00


Vesper 18:00


Organ meditation 12:30


High mass 11:00

Evening mass 18:00

Organ Recitals

Free for pilgrims

Dates: 26.6 - 3.7 - 10.7 - 17.7 | kl. 18:30