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Norkirken Drammen is a working church in Drammen where people of the faith gather to not only worship but get involved in community activities. Associated with the Evangelical Lutheran movement of Normisjon in Norway, it is an independent congregation that emphasizes on the involvement of the youth and children.
While wandering around Drammen you will come across a small rectangular park tucked between Øvre Storgate and Hauges Gate, in the shadow of the Drammens Teater. Easily identifiable by the formation of red flowers surrounding a memorial, Gamle Kirkeplass stands on the site of a church that was destroyed during the great fire of 1866. A tranquil atmosphere lurks amidst the lush trees and you could just find some solitude on one of the white benches with a book.
Located to the north of Drammen River, Bragernes Church was founded in 1871. Boasting of a neo-Gothic facade, it is adorned with Adolf Tidemand's artwork Resurrection. Amidst a breathtaking backdrop of hills, this church is truly beautiful.
The Gulskogen Manor was constructed in 1804 in Louis XVI style of architecture. The house still holds the original furnishings that belonged to the generations of the Arbo family, including the painter Peter Nikolai's paintings. The manor park is designed in an 18th Century European model. The house is a part of Drammen Museum.
Asker kirke, built in 1879 stands on the site of an old church (1100s) that was burned down in 1878. The brickwork structure houses many old artifacts such as the pulpit from 1716, Baptismal Font of 1705 and the Altarpiece of 1724, all of which are designed by the celebrated artist Lars Sivertsen. Now a local church, Asker offers not only regular worship but also a range of community activities for children, adults and senior citizen of its parish.
Vestfold region's largest lake, Eikeren lies in the Øvre Eiker and Hof municipalities in Norway. During summers, Eikeren is visited by tourists who explore the lake's scenic setting in M/S Eikern, a tourist vessel ferrying travelers between Vestfossen and Eidsfoss. The first M/S Eikern boat was built in the year 1861. The lake's waters are rich in trout, perch and pike, making it an ideal spot for fishing.
Tanum Church, built in the 1100s was made famous by a painting by Harriet Backer (1845-1932). Someone had foreseen its collapse on a Whitsunday, but there is little to suggest that the prediction will ever come true, as the mortar-coated stone walls look as solid as ever. Legend tells us that the Church was not originally planned to be located here, but one dark night the building materials were moved here by unknown pranksters. The sombre interior contains fourteenth-century murals and sculptures, as well as Frederich Zebal's Renaissance altarpiece (1663). Around 1722 the church was enlarged by eight meters. The ceiling frescoes date from that period, as do the pulpit and the baptismal font (1724). The whole church was restored in the 1970s. On one corner of the wall that surrounds the churchyard, you should see the "Singing Bridal Stone," off which newlywed brides used to mount their horses. The church's southern entrance was bricked up after a jealous murder took place under it. Needless to say, this church is an interesting tourist spot.
This attractive destination is a must-visit! Oscarsborg Festning's stunning structure carries with it important history and military heritage. The venue is also used for important seminars, conventions, events and conferences. This tourist attraction is definitely a worth a sight! Call ahead for more information.
Located at the northwest Drobak sound, Oscarsborg Fortress will surely take you by surprise. It is named after the famous King Oscar after his visit in the 1855. The interesting history it carries with it, dates back to the 1800's; the oldest buildings built in 1846 and 1853. The main idea of building this fortress was protection from the possible attacks. This fortress also features a wide number of entertainment venues, exhibitions, art galleries, restaurants as well as spas and recreation activities for children. Call ahead for detailed information.
Kalvya is an excellent place for families to go swimming. Only about 20 minutes by bus or train from Oslo, Kalvya offers beautiful nature and fresh air. Walk the short distance from the bus stop in Sandvika, cross the bridge to the island and you are there. Close to the two sandy bays on the west side of Kalvya; there is a large park, often used for football matches and other ballgames. Rock festivals and other events take place here several times during the summer. An alternative to the island is Kadettangen, turn left just before the bridge and find a good spot on the sandy beach.
The Drøbak kirke was established in 1776. It is essentially a wooden church that displays the carvings and artworks of the Jaspersen brothers. After the many damages it suffered through the ages, it was restored in 1936 under the leadership of Domenico Erdmann. With a location that remains scenic no matter what the season is, it is also quite a popular venue for weddings and local concerts.
This is a house full of Christmas all year round. Norway's largest Christmas shop, this is also Santa's main post office in Norway, with its own official postage stamp. The shop answers letters addressed to Father Christmas by children from all over the world. A collection of 200,000 letters from children is on display in the tourist information office, next to Julehuset ("Christmas House"). A nice day trip can be made from Oslo, here to Drobak. Check out the website for more information.