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“Old Mariakirke” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Church of Our Lady

Church of Our Lady
Ranked #15 of 97 things to do in Trondheim
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Owner description: The Church of Our Lady in Trondheim was celebrating its 800th anniversary in 2007 on the evidence that the church was mentioned for the first time in written sources dating from 1207. It was restored in 1739, but parts of the thick walls of the Church are obviously much older. The church is always open for prayers, meditation or just a place to spend time.
Trondheim, Norway
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“Old Mariakirke”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

Vår frue kirke (Church of Our Lady was originaly built to the honor of Virgin Mary.about the middle of the 1000s. Originally it was kalled Mariakirke nr 2, beause Mariakirke nr ! was the later Nidarosdomen.

The chuch have been restaured and expande many times and is now a so called Open Church (for people who need a place to stay), but is also used for concerts, funerals and weddings.

Visited May 2014
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“Close to other church ruins”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014

The Church of Our Lady or Var Frue has somehow survived for 800 years. It is on Kongens Gate very close to the town square. For history buffs if you walk down this street you will find some display panels describing other medieval churches which also once stood here. There was a Franciscan Friary - currently under the library and St Gregory or St Olav's church under a savings bank. You can visit the excavated remains when these two places are open.

Visited August 2013
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“Worthwhile to enter on your way to the Cathedral”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

The church has a colorful interior and while we were there, the attendants offered coffee to what looked like vagrants and homeless people. We don't speak Norvegian so maybe our interpretation is all wrong. But the interior is really pleasant and somehow 'cosy'.

Visited June 2014
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Trondheim, Norway
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“Beautiful church with welcoming and inviting atmosphere - A must visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

This church is in the middle of city centre and doesn't look much compared to Nidarosdomen, but once you step inside, you are met with a welcoming and inviting atmosphere. The organ is very beautiful and the ornaments are very colorful and detailed.

At the back of the church, volunteers serve free coffee/tea for anyone who visits the church. It is being run by Bymisjonen who wants to meet everyone with respect and friendliness, whomever you are, from wherever and in whatever situation you are.
It is open most weekends in the night for the local homeless to have a couch to sleep on and serve lunch and dinner several times a week.

It is also being a popular visit late evenings when the town has closed and people are waiting for the night bus home.

The church itself is more than 800 years old and if you ask any of the volunteers, they know more about both the service they provide and the history of the church.

I am proud to say that I volunteer there and we see many tourists popping in to light a candle, sit down and rest their legs for a few minutes and grab a coffee while having a chat and watching this beautiful church.

A must visit if you are in Trondheim!

Visited May 2014
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“A favourite to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2013

Always open, always welcoming. This is a place to have a quiet time during a busy day in Trondheim. The doors are always open, so you may have a cup of coffee or just look around inside the church.

Visited September 2012
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