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.

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.

St. Olaf of Norway - Martyred king and patron saint of Norway

St. Olaf of Norway - Martyred king and 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..

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..

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Members of the Den Norske Legion were issued with its own unit sleeve title bearing the name “Frw. Legion Norwegen” in silver script on a black background, and in some cases the circular Saint Olaf (Patron Saint of Norway) Cross with upright swords...

Members of the Den Norske Legion were issued with its own unit sleeve title bearing the name “Frw. Legion Norwegen” in silver script on a black background, and in some cases the circular Saint Olaf (Patron Saint of Norway) Cross with upright swords...

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

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

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