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.
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.
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 14Website: regionstavanger.com/conventions Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also contact staff at the Stavanger Convention Bureau directly.
Norway Convention Bureau Karenslyst Allé 4 NO-0278 Oslo Phone: +47 21 06 32 12
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