Stiklestad

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The Stiklestad open air theater with seats for at least 5500 of Norwegian size and sociability. This theater exists essentially for 'The Play about Olaf the Holy' (i.e. St. Olaf) that has taken place every 29 July (St. Olaf's Day, 'Olsok' in Norwegian) since 1954. Olaf Haraldson fell in the battle of Stiklestad that day in 1030, allegedly in his attemt to create a Christian country. The next year he was declared holy, and this helped assemble the somewhat fragmented country and making it Christian (at least superficially). However, we may suspect that the real motive behind it all was power.
(2009-10-21)

Stiklestad

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The Stiklestad National Culture Center (left) has been active since 1996 arranging all kinds of cultural events throughout the year, including the Play mentioned above and the St. Olaf's Day Festival during a week or so preceding and including the Day itself. They have also a restaurant, a hotel, exibition areas, conference areas. In the background the old  Stiklestad church   Stiklestad church   Stiklestad church  is seen.
(2014-10-05)

Stiklestad 1805 monument

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This Monument – is erected the Year 1805 in Memory of – King – Olaf Haraldson – Called the Holy – who fell in the Battle of Stiklestad – the 29 July 1030 [translation of the inscription]
(2014-10-05)

Monument from 1805

Closeup of the inscription


Olaf Haraldson

Statue behind the theater: "St. Olaf raising the cross towards sunset" by Dyre Vaa, 1973.


'Viking ship'

There is a museum on the site with old houses and other old artefacts. This is a new 'Viking ship' for the children.


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