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Mollergata 26, Oslo, NO, 0179

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Attractions

»St. Edmund's Church

Consecrated by the Bishop of Fulham on 27 July 1884, St Edmund's looks like a miniature cathedral tightly squeezed between drab plastered facades that take on monstrous proportions beside it. The Neo-Gothic building has stained glass windows and was designed by architect Paul Due. The Church is open to people from any country and any Christian denomination, and encourages its members to play an active part in congregational life. There is even a Time & Talents form to be filled when you want to become a member. Most Sundays during Service there is a Junior Church (age under 11) and childcare facilities in the crypt. Activities include an excellent choir, concerts, a Student Group with weekly meetings and a monthly Ladies' Guild. Services are followed by light refreshments and social fellowship meetings.

Møllergata 30
Oslo, 0179

»St. Margaret's Church

In a neighborhood that is already packed with churches, the Swedish Church in Oslo is housed in a rather inconspicuous building piled up against the headquarters of the Deichmanske municipal library. The building, a neo-classical mortar-coated brick church, was designed by architect Lars Israel Wahlman, and consecrated by Bishop Nathan Söderblom on December 20, 1925. There is also an adjoining reading room. The altarpiece by Gunnar Torhamn depicts the Sermon on the Mount.

Hammersborg Torg 8B
Oslo, 0179

»Oslo Public Library

Oslo's main library was established more than 200 years ago, when Carl Deichman bequeathed his vast collection of books to the city. Today, the Oslo Public Library houses over one million volumes. You will find the library building not far from the Trefoldighetskirken and the Goverment Offices. It is within easy walking distance of the city center. Supplementing the main building, there are 16 more specialized branches of the library scattered throughout the city.

Arne Garborgs Plass 4
Oslo, 0179

»Trinity Church

In 1849 Hamburg's great city planner Alexis de Chateauneuf won the competition to build a church for the Congregation of the Trinity. The building has a cruciform plan, crowned at the center with a copper-plated dome and a lantern at the apex. The Church of the Trinity was consecrated in 1858 and the entrance staircase was added in 1883. Inside you will find an altarpiece depicting Christ being baptized and a marble baptismal font. The church was re-consecrated in 1958 and after a thorough renovation was re-opened to the public in 1997.

Akersgata 60
Oslo, 0180

»St Olav Catholic Cathedral (St Olav Domkirke)

Of about 36,000 Catholics living in Norway, 60 percent have been born abroad, so there is a clear need for celebrating Catholic Mass in a variety of languages. This was Norway's first Catholic congregation to be formed since the Lutheran Reformation, and was established in Oslo in 1843. Their church, built by architect H.E. Schirmer in a Neo-Gothic style, was inaugurated in 1856. On that occasion, Queen Josephine presented the congregation with the altarpiece, a copy of Raphael's Sistine Madonna executed by Countess Sophie Adlersparre. In 1953, this parish church became the main church of the Catholic Diocese of Oslo. The church boasts a tabernacle in Italian marble, donated by Pope Pius in 1857, a bishop's throne used by Pope John Paul II on his visit in 1989, and the only existing relic of King Olav, the patron saint of Norway. The church was restored in 1975-76 by architects Thomas Thiis-Evensen and Sigurd stberg; the new high altar and the pi! llars in the naves are made of Norwegian granite. The new organ has 20 stops and was produced by the J.H. Jrgensen Organ Factory in Oslo.

Akersveien 12
Oslo, 0177

»Oslo Reptilpark

Located in the heart of Oslo, Oslo Reptilpark is a peculiar place. You can see more than 80 reptiles of all shapes and sizes. Snakes, tarantulas, fish and iguanas are are all there! Established in 2002, this park has been delighting children with their creatures for over a decade. Every Tuesday is feeding day for the reptiles, which is a great event for kids and adults alike.

St. Olavsgate 2
Oslo, 0165

»Wall from the House of Correction (Tukthusmuren)

Inside the new police station there is a wall from the old Tukthuset (house of correction) from 1850. Tukthuset was built in 1737-40 as a social institution, to stop begging and crime. It was also Norway's first asylum for mentally ill people. From 1800 it began to be used more as an ordinary prison, and as a women's prison from the beginning of the 1880s. It was demolished in 1938 to become offices and shops. Inside the police station you can see 15 meters of the stone wall, but most of it is outside. Four and a half meters high, it was taken apart and the stones numbered when they built the new police station, and rebuilt afterwards. This is what is left of the 500 meters (1640 feet) of wall that used to go round the whole prison. The building is situated 20 meters (65 feet) from Youngstorget and a two-minute walk from Regjeringskvartalet (the Government Quarter).

10 Stenersgate
Oslo, 0184

»Oslo Domkirke

Many of the cathedral's contents date back to 1697, the year the building was consecrated. Alexis de Chateauneuf, the architect of the Trefoldighetskirke, restored the cathedral between 1849 and 1850, and further work was done on the structure from 1948 to 1950. The cathedral is located close to Stortorget in the center of Oslo. King Harald and Queen Sonja were married here, as were Crown Prince Haakon Magus and Mette-Marit. The cathedral is also used for concerts and the crypt house exhibitions. Admission is free.

Karl Johans Gate 11
Oslo, 0154

»Torggata

Torggata takes you from Karl Johan street (with Stortorvet and the Oslo Cathedral) to the area of Grünerlkka. A pedestrian street with a lot of cafes, restaurants (kebab shops and some Vietnamese restaurants), and cinema Eldorado, Torggata is divided into two by Youngstorget square with its small marketplace, bazaars and various street vendors. There is a fountain and also a monument dedicated to the memory of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Towards the end of Torggata will see Jakobs Church, which plays host! many cultural activities and concerts. Then you have a choice: you can walk along the Akerselva river, or you can cross Eventyrbroen (the Fairy-Tale Bridge), with its sculptures from Norwegian fairy tales, in the direction of Markveien and Grünerlkka. It takes about ten minutes to walk from Oslo Cathedral to Eventyrbroen.

7 Brugata
Oslo, 0184

»Edvard Munch's House (Edvard Munchs Hus)

Three attractions share the same house. Edvard Munch, the painter, was born at Pilestredet 29 and lived here as a child. The mural of The Scream, based on Edvard Munch's painting and recreated here in black and white, is very impressive and was made by architecture students when the buildings were threatened by demolition. This is one of Oslo's few murals and should be seen. Close by is the Blitz building, which offers punk concerts and various political activities, as well as tasty waffles and cheap vegetarian food.

13 Rosenkrantzgate
Oslo, 0164

»Egeberg Castle

Built to the designs of Halfdan Berle, a celebrated architect, Egeberg Castle was constructed between 1899 and 1901 in Italian Renaissance architectural style. Ornate stucco work graced the castle's ceilings. Commissioned by the noted politician and businessman Einar Westye Egeberg, the castle remained one of the largest private residences in Oslo for a long time. Towards the start of the new Century, Egeberg Castle was enveloped by a sprawling park offering breathtaking views of the harbor and the city. Today, it has been converted into an apartment building after Egeberg sold it off after his wife's demise.

Akersveien 24F
Oslo, 0177

»Parliament of Norway

The Parliament building houses the Norwegian Storting (Parliament) and dates back to 1866. The magnificent building was designed by the renowned architect Emil Victor Langlet. The facade is a beautiful blend of styles, mainly inspired from Italy and France. Visitors can enroll themselves for a guided tour of the entire structure. Private tours for groups can also be arranged upon request. The tours last approximately one hour. Admission is free.

Karl Johans Gate 22
Oslo, 0026
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