Trondheim is a busy student city with a long history and rich culture. Its festivals and holidays are very popular among curious tourists. Every national holiday has a history; its rituals and celebrations have been run for centuries. One of the most interesting and colorful national holidays is Saint Olaf's Day taking place at the end of July.
It's dedicated to the King Olaf II Haraldsson that has being reining Trondheim in the early 11th century. He established Christianity in Norway, but was forced to flee the country under political pressure. In the year 1030 Olaf decided to get back to the homeland, but died in the Battle of Stiklestad near his home city.
Citizens still remember their brave and wise king and after thousands of years dedicate this holiday to his memory. King Olaf's remains are enshrined at Nidarosdomen; Norwegians treat king as their patron saint. The festival runs for ten days and embraces lots of events.
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