Saturday, October 20, 2007

Trondheim - Medieval and Modern

















I have spent the last week in Trondheim, Norways third largest city. This city is today one home to a large university and one of the most important centres of science, techology and innovation in the entire country. I attended the NOKIOS conference, hosted by SINTEF, on progress made on IT in the public sector. I stayed with my nephew and his wife, did some home cooking, had a few nights in their favourite hangout and ordered a fabulous dinner. So there will be reports from Trondheim and from South Africa.

Trondheim was founded more than 1000 years ago, and grew into the most important religious centre in Norway. This is the place where St. Olaf, the Norwegian patron saint, was buried after he was killed at the battle of Stiklestad in 1030. Over his shrine they built Nidarosdomen or Nidaros Cathedral, and it became an important centre of pilgrimage during the Middle Ages. The Cathedral of today is, however, a monument heavily restored from 1869 as an expression of Norways national patriotism.

Trondheim is an old city, and I will guide you around to show you some of the many buildings from different periods of its history.

So stay tuned and discover Trondheim here at Enjoy Food & Travel

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