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Address: Domkirkeplassen, 5003 Bergen, Norway


  • Cathedral exterior
  • Organ facade
Bergen Cathedral (Norwegian: Bergen domkirke) is the seat of the Diocese of Bjørgvin. Located in the city centre of Bergen, Norway, the first recorded reference to it is dated 1181. It retains its ancient dedication to St Olaf (Norwegian: S Olav).[1]

During the reign of king Haakon IV of Norway, a Franciscan friary was established near the church, then known as Olavskirken, or the church of Saint Olaf, which was incorporated in it. The church burned down in 1248 and again in 1270, but was reconstructed after both fires. In 1463, it burned down again, but this time it was not reconstructed until the 1550s, despite being declared the cathedral in 1537.

After the fires of 1623 and 1640, Bergen Cathedral received its current general appearance. The steeple on the nave was torn down, and the current tower was built. During the renovation in the 1880s by architect Christian Christie, the Rococo interior was replaced to give the interiors back their former medieval appearance.

A cannonball from the 1665 Battle of Vågen between the English and Dutch fleets remains embedded in the cathedral's exterior wall.

[sources: wikipedia; http://www.rieger-orgelbau.com]


Current organEdit

Builder: Rieger Orgelbau - 1997

Division Stop Name Length (ft)
I - Hauptwerk Principal 16'
Bourdon 16'
Principal 8'
Flûte harmonique 8'
Gamba 8'
Hohlflöte 8'
Octav 4'
Spitzflöte 4'
Quint 2 2/3'
Superoctav 2'
Mixtur major V (2')
Mixtur minor VI (1 1/3')
Cornet V (8')
Trompete 8'
Trompete 4'
II - Positiv Principal 8'
Gedackt 8'
Salicional 8'
Quintade 8'
Principal 4'
Rohrflöte 4'
Nasat 2 2/3'
Gemshorn 2'
Terz 1 3/5'
Larigot 1 1/3'
Sifflet 1'
Scharff IV (1')
Clarinette 8'
Cromorne 8'
Tremulant
III - Schwellwerk Bourdon 16'
Principal 8'
Doppelflöte 8'
Bourdon 8'
Gambe 8'
Voix céleste 8'
Octave 4'
Flûte 4'
Viola 4'
Nasard harm. 2 2/3'
Flageolet 2'
Tierce harm. 1 3/5'
Plein Jeu V-VI (2')
Basson 16'
Trompette harm. 8'
Hautbois 8'
Voix humaine 8'
Clairon 4'
Tremblant
Pedal Untersatz 32'
Principal 16'
Subbaß 16'
Violon 16'
Principal 8'
Gemshorn 8'
Choralbaß 4'
Flachflöte 2'
Rauschpfeife IV (2 2/3')
Kontrafagott 32'
Bombarde 16'
Fagott 16'
Posaune 8'
Zinke 4'

Couplers:

II/I

III/I

III/II

I/P

II/P

III/P

Other notesEdit

Manual compass: C-g

Pedal compass: C-f'

'8 x 32 gen., Sequ. < >, 4 Cresc.'

Memory card system

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