Hjornet Bar and Nidaros Cathedral

Before heading out to explore Trondheim, I stopped at Hjornet Bar and Brasserie. Hjornet sits on the first level of the Britannia hotel and is described as:

Britannia Hotels “drop in” cafe offers a varied lunch and a lighter à la carte menu inspired by international cuisine with a local touch. “Hjørnet Bar & Brasserie” also has a wide selection of cakes and sandwiches.

I had the Rosti with chicken breast, which was pan-fried chicken breast with fresh vegetables and a creamy mushroom sauce. It was a tasty dish and good start to the day.

If you only had one thing you could see when visiting Trondheim it would without a doubt be Nidarosdomen (Nidaros Cathedral). It is the worlds northmost medieval cathedral and shares the grounds with the Archbishops Palace where you can get a close look at the Norwegian Crown Regalia.

I spent a lot of time walking through this large cemetery surrounding the cathedral. I was amazed at how many of the headstones belonged to people who died before the United States had won independence.

I wish I was allowed to take pictures inside this colossal structure. It was humbling to stand in a room were kings and queens had the crown places on their heads.

The present cathedral has two principal altars. The one in the octagon at the east end of the chancel rests on the site of the medieval high altar which bore the silver reliquary casket containing the remains of St. Olav, the church’s and the kingdom’s patron saint, and is designed to recall in marble sculpture the essential form of this reliquary casket.

In the lower level of the Archbishops’s Palace, I had a chance to get an up close and personal look at Norway’s Crown Regalia. The exhibit held ornate pieces like the Norwegian Crown, monarch’s scepter and orb, sword of state, queens crown and much more. It was fascinating because I was unaware of Norway’s history of a monarchy that is over 1,000 years old. Although these pieces only represent the fairly recent history of the monarch they are undoubtedly some of the most powerful symbols of Norwegian history.

Sword of the Realm: early 19th century. Tradition has it that this coronation sword was a gift from Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, to the future king of Sweden and Norway, Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, when he was made Marshal of France, which he carried at the battle of Leipzig.

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