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"St. Olav?s Monastery-Gamlebyen" Oslo Things to Do Tip by bpwillet

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  St. Olav's Monastery ruins-Gamlebyen
by bpwillet

In 1239, the King gave the Dominicans land to build a monastery just north of St. Hallvard’s Cathedral. The monastery was bult right next to St. Olav’s. A small stone church was built in the late 1100’s and bieleved to have been intended to be part of a royal complex. St. Olav’s formed the south wing of the monastery complex. The east wing containded the sacristy, library, and chapter house, with sleeping quarters on the floor above. The monastery was originally built of stone, but brick was used for some rebuilding done in about 1300. St. Olav’s Monastery probably had 10-15 monks, in addition to the prior and deputy prior. It was used as a Dominican Monastery from the 1200’s until the Reformation in 1537.

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  • Written Jul 3, 2005
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