Historical Market during St. Olav Festival is taking place in and around the Archbishop’s Palace in Trondheim. Here you can find exciting activities for adults as well as for children during the whole day. In the Archbishop’s Yard and on the outside there are stalls with all kinds of handicrafts from all over Europe. Experience the historical atmosphere and let yourself be carried away by the tricks of the entertainers!
Together with Nidaros Cathedral the Archbishop’s Palace has played an important role in the heritage of Saint Olav, and the palace has had a very special place in Norwegian history. The Archbishop’s Seat was established in Nidaros in the year 1153, with the Archbishop’s Palace as the residence of the Archbishop.
The Archbishop’s Palace has magnificent stone buildings with the Archbishop’s Hall, where the Archbishop welcomed guests and arranged dinners. In the Middle Ages there were small wooden houses along the stone walls in the Archbishop’s Yard. These served as workshops, storerooms and dwellings for servants. The Archbishop had several craftsmen in his service who produced jewelries and stained-glass pictures. The Archbishop’s Seat gradually became an important place for religion, culture and trade.
The tradition of celebrating Olsok (St. Olav’s Day) is an old custom, as far back as the year 1031, when Saint Olav was declared a saint and martyr. During Olsok people came from far and near to Nidaros to do penitence, but also to exchange and sell goods. Here they got the opportunity to hear news and were entertained by travelling clowns and actors. People were playing dice games and quarrelling, and there was a lively street life.
During St. Olav Festival the atmosphere of the old market place in and around the Arcbishop’s Yard is recreated, with entertainers, musicians, and trade. Pilgrims and merchants from abroad visit the market place today as they did earlier.