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A little bit of Norway

Norwegian Church, Cardiff BayIf you've been to Cardiff Bay recently you can't fail to have noticed the landmark buildings of the Wales Millennium Centre or the Senedd, home to Wales' National Assembly.  But did you also notice, sitting quietly on the eastern side of the bay a tiny white church.

This is Cardiff's Norwegian Church, a legacy of the days when the city's docks were one of the busiest in the world and frequented by sailors from all over the globe, including Norway.  It was built in 1868 and as well as being a place of worship it also acted as a sort of community centre for Scandinavian sea men where they could meet up and socialise with their countrymen.  It was at this church that the famous children's author Roald Dahl, born in Cardiff to Norwegian parents, was christened in 1916.

With the decline of Cardiff docks the church finally closed its doors in 1974 and fell into disrepair.  It was restored and reopened as an arts centre and coffee shop in 1992.

The church has undergone further refurbishment work this year and re-opened last week to coincide with the annual Norwegian Day celebrations.

The church continues to be a arts centre and is open 7 days a week with a varied programme of performances and exhibitios while the newly extended coffee shop serves a range of mouth watering cakes and dishes with a distinctive Norwegian flavour all whilst enjoying the panoramic views across the bay.

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