The Arctic Cathedral, Tromso
It is an intriguing sight across the fjord nestling below a high mountain ridge. A very dramatic building with a very distinctive architectural style…..it demands closer inspection. So we crossed to Troms Island across the Tromso Bridge to take a look.
It is known as the Arctic Cathedral but its real name is Tromsdalen Church.
The Ultra Modern frontage with dominant Cross certainly packs a dramatic punch. Built in 1965 it construction, I am told, is of Large Aluminium Sheets covered with Concrete and supported by steel girders to form this unique shape. Glass panels link the main roof panel to make the interior light and combined with its height very spacious and airy.
I was also told that the design concept was for a visualization of the Froze Ice Packs of the Arctic, their sheer power and the strength they have.
The large mosaic Glass Window that dominates the interior makes a dramatic statement. You could be fooled into thinking that this was part of the original design concept….. you would be wrong.
The Mosiac was added in 1972. It is the work of Artist Victor Sparre.. Originally the window was plain glass. Being so large, and most certainly in the mornings as it faces east, the light was overpowering, uncomfortable for the congregation looking towards the alter. So this great piece of art was the solution.
Tromsdalen Church, or if you prefer, The Arctic Cathedral, makes a bold statement of modern Norwegian Architectural style. A style very different from the long established Tromso Cathedral. Wood. instead of Aluminium and Concrete….but both buildings of memorable and unique style.
You can see more of Tromso Cathedral if you follow this link to an earlier Blog :- https://davidoakes-images.com/2019/10/13/silent-sunday-a-wooden-kirk-and-a-surprise/
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