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Looking up at the cross on the front of the Arctic Cathedral (Tromsdalen Kirke) - Tromso, Norway
The Arctic Cathedral, formally known as Tromsdalen Church or Tromsoysund Church, is a church in the city of Tromso in Troms county, Norway. The church is commonly nicknamed the Ishavskatedralen, literally "The Cathedral of the Arctic Sea" or "Arctic Cathedral". The church was built in 1965 in the Tromsdalen valley. It is a parish church and not, in fact, a cathedral as it is commonly called. The church is part of the Tromsoysund parish in the Tromso arch-deanery in the Diocese of Nord-Halogaland.
The church was designed by the architect Jan Inge Hovig and is built mainly of concrete. Because of the church's distinct look and situation, it has often been called "the opera house of Norway", likening it to the famous Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. The church is perhaps the most famous landmark in Tromso.
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February 15th, 2012
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