King Olaf II Haraldsson of Norway (also known as St. Olaf.). He ruled over Norway in the early 11th century. Even though today Norway is a Protestant country (Lutheranism) Olaf was confirmed a saint of the Catholic church by Pope Alexander III in 1164 (Protestantism arrived in Scandinavia in the 16th century). Olaf was killed in the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030.
Holy Well. St Olave, Old Jewry is dedicated to the 11th century patron saint of Norway, St Olaf. Old Jewry was the precinct of medieval London largely occupied and populated by Jews until their expulsion from England in 1290. The church is also recorded as St Olave in Colechirchlane and St Olave, Upwell, the latter appellation coming from a well under the east end of the church.
Feast of St. Olaf; Christian Religious Observance; July 29; King of Norway and national hero; noted for unifying and christianizing the country. His shrine became the Cathedral of Trondheim, a major pilgrimage center for all Scandinavia. Patron saint of Norway.
Trondheim is the historical capital of Norway dating back to medieval times. The Norwegian Viking King Olav Tryggvason established the city in 997. The Cathedral was built over the burial place of St. Olav, the patron saint of Norway.
Bunad of Oslo, Norway. Since Oslo was a town, there was no bunad in that area until 1947. The design Is therefore not an old or very traditional one as in many of the other parts of Norway. Spring flowers are the main motif. The purse has St. Halvard, the patron saint of Oslo embroidered as its motif. Notice the traditional Norwegian silver brooch on her chest.
Painting of Battle of Stiklestad - Wounded King Olaf Haraldsson "rex perpetuus Norvegiae", the eternal king of Norway, leans on a rock as he is speared by Thorir Hund, a chieftan and commited Pagan. Even though Olaf tortured and murdered to spread Christianity, he was made a saint and a church was built over the rock where he was slain. He is the Patron Saint of Norway.
July 29 Olaf, King of Norway, martyr, died 1030 Considered the patron saint of Norway, Olaf went from a life of piracy to becoming Christian and declaring himself king of Norway. He revised the laws and tried to administer them fairly. Driven from Norway in a rebellion, he was killed in battle trying to regain his kingdom..
Catholic procession to St. Olav Chapel Stiklestad 2011. Clergy and members of The Norwegian Catholic Church walk in procession to St. Olav Chapel, after celebrating the Holy Mass in the old medieval church at Stiklestad, Norway. The relic of St. Olaf is carried by archbishop Emil Paul Tscherrig, Apostolic Nuncio to the Nordic countries. The procession took place July 31, 2011 as part of celebration of Olsok, the feast of St. Olaf, patron saint of Norway