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City walk in old Stavanger, Norway - Photo: Paul Smith/IMAGO
City walk in old Stavanger, Norway Photo: Paul Smith/IMAGO

Historical tour of Stavanger

Stroll through the history of Stavanger, including a guided tour of the medieval cathedral – a great way to introduce you and your team to the city.


Old Stavanger

The tour begins with a walk through Gamle Stavanger (old Stavanger). In this picturesque part of the town there are more than 170 white-painted wooden houses from the end of the 18th and 19th centuries. The houses are now protected by a special preservation law.

Stavanger Cathedral

Continuing on foot, you pass the harbour area with its quaint fish and farmers market and walk on to Stavanger Cathedral for a guided tour inside. The cathedral, built of stone in the 12th and 13th centuries, is one of few churches in Scandinavia that has kept its original design. According to tradition it was built in 1125, after Sigurd Jorsalfarer named Stavanger a cathedral city. Bishop Reinald of Winchester was responsible for the construction, probably carried out by English craftsmen, in Anglo-Norman style. The church's patron saint is St. Svithun, and it is reputed that his arm was one of the church's original relics. In 1272 the cathedral was damaged by fire, after which it received a new, Gothic chancel. Stavanger Cathedral is the only Norwegian cathedral from the Middle Ages that has retained its original appearance and has been in constant use.


After the visit to the cathedral the tour continues past the shopping streets on the way to Valbergtårnet, the old watch and fire tower built around 1850-1853. From here you can enjoy a view of the city before returning to the harbour. Valbergtårnet can also arrange banquets for up to 38 people, so it may be the perfect place to end your historical tour of Stavanger.

Find out more

Most of the incentive programmes the Stavanger Convention Bureau puts together for their clients are tailor-made, so do not hesitate to get in touch with them so they can help you plan your event.

Stavanger Convention Bureau 
Tel/fax: +47 51 62 82 14
Website: regionstavanger.com/conventions 
Email: convention@regionstavanger.com

You can also contact staff at the Stavanger Convention Bureau directly.

Last updated:  2014-08-07
Stavanger's cathedral dates back to 1125, according to tradition - Photo: Region Stavanger
Stavanger's cathedral dates back to 1125, according to tradition

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About Stavanger

Key facts about Stavanger

Stavanger is one of Norway’s larger cities with over 127,000 inhabitants. Stavanger Airport Sola is a 15-minute drive from the city centre.


Stavanger is the centre of the Norwegian oil, gas and energy industry. The city has 10,000 conference chairs and the world’s highest pulpit.

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