Archive for December, 2009

Borgund Stave Church

The Borgund Stave Church is an ancient stave church located ad Borgund, Laerdal in Norway.  A stave church is a medieval wooden church common in early Northern Europe during ancient times. The Borgund Stave Church is just one of the 28 extant stave churches that still exist in Norway today and one of the best preserved.Borgund Stave Church HistoryThe Borgund Stave Church was believed to have been built somewhere between 1180 and 1250.  Studies on the trees used to build the church estimated it t…

The Church of Hallgrimur

The Church of Hallgrimur, also known as Hallgrimskirkja, is a Lutheran church located at Reykjavik, Iceland. It sits high on top of a hill located within the center of the city. It is also considered as one of Reykjavik’s most striking landmarks and the country’s largest church. Church of Hallgrimur HistoryThe Church of Hallgrimur was named after a famous Icelandic poet and clergy man, Hallgrimur Petursson, composer of the Passion hymns that is still being sung today. The design for the church w…

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a famous Neo-Gothic style Roman Catholic cathedral located in midtown Manhattan in New York. Aside from a parish church, it is also the seat of the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. It is considered as a National Historic Landmark since 1976.  St. Patrick’s Cathedral HistoryThe current cathedral was built sometime in 1858 to replace the old St. Patrick’s Cathedral that was located in downtown Manhattan. The new cathedral was planned when the Dio…

Oslo Opera House

The Oslo Opera House is a relatively new building that has become the seat of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. It is located in Bjorvika in the center of Oslo, Norway. It provides a unique backdrop that makes it an ideal landmark in Oslo and not just a center for the performing arts. Oslo Opera House History The Oslo Opera House was built by Statsbygg a government run construction firm. It was designed by the Norwegian architectural firm Snohetta, the same firm that designed the…