The only remaining Dominican building of the medieval period is the ground floor of the eastern wing in Oslo, together with a complete complex of ruins from the rest of the Oslo Priory.
All four Dominican priories in medieval Norway were founded in episcopal cities, and - where it has been possible to identify the actual building place - quite close to the residence of the bishop and the canons.
Still, among his personal friends was the Dominican friar Narve, who was elected Bishop of Bergen in 1278, and five years later his was chosen for Archbishop of Trondheim.
This election, however, was soon disputed, and in 1287, Narve was once again back in his old seat as Bishop of Bergen until his death in 1304.
It is therefore the impression, that the Norwegian convents were founded on initiative of the bishops, with the purpose of strengthening the education of the clergy at the cathedrals.