Norway. The bishopric of St. Svithun, or Stavanger, included remote places like Eidfjord in Hardanger, Røldal, Hallingdal and Valdres together with the counties of Rogaland and Agder. The building of the church started in 1123 - 1128. The first bishop was a Benedictine monk named Bishop Reginald (or Reinald) from Winchester, England. Stavanger Cathedral is also called St. Svithun Cathedral after a 9th century bishop from Winchester who was canonized.