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Scandinavian Sites
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The foremost pilgrim site in Scandinavia in the Middle Ages was the cathedral in Nidaros (modern Trondheim), Norway, which was built over the grave of King Olaf Haraldsson, patron saint of Norway, and contained his shrine. Nidaros became known as a pilgrim site immediately after the fall of the king at Stiklestad in 1030 and was visited by pilgrims from far and near throughout the Middle Ages. During the restoration of the church in the first decades of the thirteenth century, the octagon was built, which now forms the choir of the church.

Although Nidaros was the most important, it was…

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Kirsten Wolf, “Scandinavian Sites”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 24 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_00430>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023



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