It was probably Bishop Reinald from Winchester who began to build the cathedral around 1100. The cathedral had the Swithun as a patron saint. Swithun was bishop of Winchester and then became a patron saint. The cathedral was Roman Catholic until the Protestant Reformation.
In 1272 large parts of the cathedral were destroyed in a large fire, but it was rebuilt under Bishop Arne. In 1682 King Christian V moved Stavanger’s seat to Kristiansand and the cathedral remained without bishop until 1925.
Address: Haakon VIIs gate 2, Stavanger
Join our Hop On – Hop Off City Sightseeing tour that stops at the Stavanger Cathedral.