Do you have some spare time?
Visit the recently discovered and excavated St.Clements Church
Towards the end of the Viking Age, a battle raged over who was to rule Norway. On one side were the descendants of King Harald Fairhair, including kings Olav Tryggvason and Olav Haraldsson. On the other side were the Danish king and his allies on Norwegian soil, including the Earls of Lade.
The power struggle culminated when Olav Haraldsson died at Stiklestad on 29 July 1030. Tradition tells us that Olav was first buried in the little market town on the banks of the Nidelva River, where Christ Church —today's Nidaros Cathedral — was later built.
But after a while, the coffin miraculously rose out of the earth. It was then moved and buried anew at St. Clement’s Church. Wonderous things continued to happen, and twelve months and five nights after the battle, on 3 August 1031, the coffin was opened. According to legend, it looked as if Olav was simply sleeping. His hair and nails had grown, and his body smelled sweet.
Here at St. Clement’s Church, Olav Haraldsson became St. Olav. The coffin was then covered with costly fabric and placed over the high altar in the church. This is the very same altar that you can see today in the St. Clement’s Church exhibit.
In 2016, a new commercial building was planned to be built in the courtyard behind Søndre gate 9-11 in Trondheim. Because this was a central area in Kaupangen, the name for Trondheim city during the Middle Ages, the archaeological excavation attracted a great deal of attention.
Gradually, a number of stone fragments were uncovered which were interpreted as the remains of a church, or several phases of a church. Archaeologists also uncovered a number of other items, including the remains of a large stone altar, fragments from a baptismal font, a crucifix, parts of a well and several skeletons in an adjacent cemetery. Carbon dating tells us that the church must have been erected around the year 1015, and that it is almost certainly Olav Haraldsson's St. Clement’s Church. This is the church where Olav Haraldsson became "Olav the Holy" when the saint's shrine was solemnly placed on the high altar on 5 August 1031. Now the location had finally been found!
St. Olav plays a special role in Norway’s history. He became "the eternal king of Norway" - rex perpetuus Norwegiaea in Latin.
There were national and international newspaper articles about the excavations of St. Clement’s Church. The Directorate for Cultural Heritage described the find as an archaeological sensation, and the most important discovery in Norway since the Second World War. The find was also ranked sixth overall on the International Heritage Daily’s "top-ten list” of archaeological discoveries in 2016.
The Viking-era buildings that were excavated under St. Clement’s Church give us new knowledge about Trondheim's origins. They indicate that the city is older than 997, which has traditionally been considered the year when Olav Tryggvason founded Trondheim.
- Opening times 22 May- 30 June 2019
- Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 20.00
- Saturday-Sunday: 11.00-16.00
The exhibition is permanent.
Note: The exhibition may be closed to visitors during scheduled events.
- Admission is free
- The building is wheelchair accessible. There is a wheelchair lift down to the exhibition.
- Krambugata 2, 7011 Trondheim
Visit the Memorial place after 22nd of July
- Keynote 1: Professor Geir Skeie – University of Stavanger, professor II at NTNU
- Keynote 2: Professor Laima Geikina – University of Latvia
- Keynote 3: Professor Robert Jackson – University of Warwick, honorary doctor at NTNU
- Keynote 4: Dr. Jacomijn van der Kooij, VU University Amsterdam
- March 1st 2018 – 1st call for papers
- September 2nd 2018 – 2nd call for papers
- March 1st–December 1st 2018 – Proposal submissions
- By January 31st 2019 – Review results
- February 28th 2019 – Early bird registration deadline*
- January 31st 2019–April 30th 2019 – Conference registration*
- April 30th 2019 – Deadline full paper
June 11th–14th 2019 – Conference
*Prises: Early bird 250 Euro encl 25 % VAT, Oridnary Fees 300 Euro encl 25 % VAT. In addition the optional outing will be 50 Euro encl 25 % VAT (includes Conference dinner). Fees do not cover accomodations.