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The beautiful rose window of the Dome seen from the outside!


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Wow, dome / domus. We have the Dom in Utrecht. And the Netherlands has 7 sacred Cathedrals.

Love this window Hanne. Thanks.


I just can't seem to shut up today! Maybe we should get our friend David to sort out all this dome/domus stuff for us?


Just one more comment: I think the Parthenon might legitimately be called the "domus dei" of the goddess Athena; what do you think?


Hanne, there is certainly room for confusion! I was very confused when a Gothic cathedral was referred to as a "dome"; I didn't see a dome, and didn't believe a Gothic cathedral would have a dome. So maybe we are just down to semantics - - style of construction versus the intended use of the building. My point is that a building of any style of construction can be a "domus dei", but not every building intended as a domus dei is a domed (in the architectural sense) building. Probably it is the Latin root of both "dome" and "domus" that occasions much of the confusion.


By the way, it's not Norwegian, it's Eupean - when I think about it. The Kölner Dom in Köln i.e., other Doms in Germany, France and perhaps Spain, I don't know quite.


Varda, I'm confused on a higher level, I'm just quoting my Danish dictionary that explains what words come from, I'm just talking plain Latin!! It belongs to the Roman Catholic big times when Europe was christned little by little and they made these churches. In English they are called cathedrals, but you can't mix it up with any Greek things. The Dome is simply the main church in a special kind of religious district and the place where the bishop is. It has nothing to do with architecture - anyway not in Danish!!


Well, Hanne, I have learned some Norwegian today! But I think any English-speaking person would interpret "dome" to mean the hemispherical structure atop a building (the Roman Pantheon is a very impressive example of a domed structure). I'd imagine that a "domus dei" could be any style of building, from the ancient Greek post-and-lintel construction, to the Romanesque buildings based on the round arch, to the Gothic cathedrals based on the pointed arch, to more modern nondescript kinds of construction. Yes, a "cathedral" is generally recognized as the seat of the bishop, no matter what the style of construction. But, while a Gothic cathedral may indeed be a "domus dei", it is definitely not a domed building in the English sense of the word! I hope I haven't confused everyone!


I do quite agree Jan!! Thanks so very much!!

Varda, dom-church, dom comes from domus dei, the house of God. Now a dom church is the leading church in a certain area where a bishop resides. Usually they are VERY big and old. So now you could go on philosophying: all the other churches are they just houses then, not domus dei?? Interesting question after all!! Thanks so very much!!


Hi, Hanne! I think the Norwegian term "domkirke" might be the source of some confusion about "domes". In English, a dome is the semi-spherical upper part of a building; domes are not usually seen on Gothic cathedrals. By the way, this is a stunningly beautiful rose window!


I love rose windows! And this one is gorgeous!! Thanks, Hanne!


It's very difficult, but if you google "nidaros domkirke" you'll have lots and lots of detail pictures, that are very good. Thanks so very much Ardy!!


Lovely isn't it, Hanne. Can't help but wish the color showed more on the outside. With this close up I can see gargoyles that I didn't realize were there before. What a lot of amazing artistry. I doubt one could ever take it all in. Thanks, Hanne.