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“The Northern Lights Cathedral, Alta”
Review of Nordlyskatedralen

Ranked #1 of 31 things to do in Alta
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“The Northern Lights Cathedral, Alta”
Reviewed 16 March 2014

An amazing piece of architecture, inside and out. Well worth a visit and you should try to see the titanium clad exterior lit up at night. I think it will be even better when they open the exhibition centre in the basement, with interactive displays about the Northen Lights. Loved the Jacob's Ladder in the tower!

Visited March 2014
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

Alta is comprised of three villages and the Nordlyskatedral is located on the edge of the main village surrounded by birch forest and the Altafjord. It was built in 2012 and consecrated in 2013. It is a circular building, the exterior of which is clad in Titanium plates which, together with hidden lighting give the illusion of the Northern Lights at night. The interior is modern, a huge bronze statue of a man dominating the altar and backed by a bright blue panel to give it greater prominence. The seating is semi-circular and the walls clad in light vertical strips which give the interior a striking effect. Make sure you look upwards from the bottom of the spire and you will see 'Jacob's Ladder' in gold - presumably the path to Heaven? This is an unusual cathedral, very beautiful in its way thanks to the simplicity of design. As another reviewer has stated, it is on the edge of what appears to be an industrial park, but which in fact is just three to four storey buildings that are functional rather than of good design - this being a very northern Norwegian town subject to temperatures that can drop to minus 35 degrees in winter.

Visited March 2014
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Oslo, Norway
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“Nice but placed in a horrible setting.”
Reviewed 13 November 2013

The design is interesting, but why have they ruined it all by placing it next to the dullest architecture imaginable. It is a shame that this has not been given lots of pristine nature to compliment the structure and to make it be the focus of attention. Now you wonder if it is a part of a industrial estate and is an unfinished peace of work waiting to be placed somewhere spectacular.

Visited November 2013
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“lovely design”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

Really nice design. Very calming and very pretty to look at in all lights from all parts of Alta. One of the few attractions in Alta (other than stunning scenery in the surrounding area)

Visited March 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

This i sjust great, a phantatic architectual sensation done by Danish architects. Walk quietly around and wonder about life.

Visited July 2013
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