We were attending a baptism and had to go for a trip to Alta, a city in the Northern part of Norway, approximately 500 km north of the Arctic Circle.
“Alta is considered the northernmost city in the world, with a population surpassing 10,000.” (Wikipedia). In Alta they’ve built a new cathedral: The Northern Lights Cathedral – Alta Church. The new cathedral is one of 3 churches in Alta and it’s replacing the old white wooden church (Alta Kirke) that was built in 1858. The old Alta Kirke is, as far as I’ve heard, the only house in Alta that wasn’t burnt to the ground in 1945 when the Nazis fled Alta. As a natural result of this, all the houses you see in Alta today, has been built after the second world war ended in 1945.
The Northern Lights Cathedral is designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects in cooperation with Link Arkitektur.
We met some Sami people when we were there and they were dressed in traditional Sami clothes called “kofte”. The ones they’re wearing are from the area Kautokeino.
Gákti is the Northern Sámi word for a piece of traditional clothing worn by the Sámi in northern areas of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula in Russia. The gákti is worn both in ceremonial contexts and while working, particularly when herding reindeer. The traditional Sami costume is characterized by a dominant color adorned with contrast colored bands, plaits, pewter embroidery, tin art, and often a high collar. In the Norwegian language it is called ‘kofte’, most probably due to the word “gákti” being somewhat similar to the word ‘kofte’ in the accusative, genitive, locative and comitative case (gávtti/gaftti, gávtti/gaftti, gávttis/gafttis, gávtiin/gafttijn). (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gákti)
I guess you can say that both the Kofte and the Northern Lights Cathedral can be entries for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge where the theme is “treasure”. See more posts here: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/photo-challenge-treasure/