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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).
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.
Centrally located close to Karl Johan main street and the City Hall. This office is full of information about Oslo and other selected destinations in Norway. Free brochures are available in several languages, amongst them the monthly guide What's On in Oslo. The Oslo Pass, which gives you free admission to most museums and free rides on public transport, is sold here. You can also buy tickets for sightseeing and excursions, as well as exchange currency and receive assistance with hotel bookings. There is also a smaller tourist office at the central station.
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.
Kvadraturen is the heart of Christian IV's town Christiania, built after the town of Oslo was burnt down in 1624. The city was not renamed Oslo until 300 years later. The sculpture on Christiania Torv square symbolizes the King's words, when he decided 'The new town will lie here'. A statue of the King himself can be found on Stortorvet. Kvadraturen offers fine dining at Statholdergaarden, Mediterranean dishes at Celsius or dine in modern elegance at Brasserie Hansken. Check the website or contact +47 815 3 0555 for further information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A lovely public square in the heart of the city, Bankplassen offers a moment of tranquillity from the hustle and bustle of daily life in the city. With a picturesque fountain, and surrounded by trees, there are little benches, perfect to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or a mid-day snack. Flanked by the Museum of Contemporary Art and Café Engebret, it offers visitors a chance to relax and take in the sunshine.
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.