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Filadelfia is the largest Pentecostal church in downtown Oslo. Founded by Thomas Ball Barratt in 1916, it is considered to be most influential in the Pentecostal movement in Norway. It also arranges for various activities for the members of the congregation to display and improve their talents.
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.
Located in the heart of Oslo city, Studenterlunden is a beautiful park visited by locals and tourists. The park is enveloped by Frederiks gate, Universitetsgata, Storingsgata and Karl Johans gate. Karl Johans gate remains Oslo's main street. The National Theatre, Oslo's most popular and the largest venue for dramatics and performing arts, is also found inside the park's premises. One can also access Oslo Metro's Nationaltheatret station from the park.
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.
Spikersuppa is a temporary, open-air ice rink located right in the heart of the city between the parliament and National Theater. The 25 x 10 meter (82 x 33 foot) rink is open during the winter and makes a great place to spend an energetic hour or two, skating, enjoying the atmosphere, and admiring the city. Skates can be rented from the outdoor restaurant. A loudspeaker system provides the music and entrance is free. In the summer the ice rink is transformed into a pond.
Nationaltheatret brings many a patrons and tourists to its door every year. Although the iconic building itself has a lot to offer, the pretty fountain that it overlooks, claims quite many fans for itself. Located on Johanne Dybwads Plass, the fountain, named 'Påfugl', which is Norwegian for 'peacock', finds its inspiration in the peacock who is displaying his full plumage. The gorgeous artwork was gifted to the state by businessman Christian Ringnes, of the Eiendomsspar fame, and installed in 1989.
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.
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.
Under the ownership of Norwegian state, Grotten is a titular residence dating back to the 19th Century. The building is situated on the Royal Palace's premises in the heart of Oslo city. It originally served as the residence of Henrik Wergeland, a celebrated Norwegian poet. Since 2011, Grotten has been occupied by Jon Fosse, a noted playwright and writer. Earlier occupants of Grotten include renowned composers Arne Nordheim and Christian Sinding.
Nestled in the central part of Oslo city, Palace Park is also known as Royal Palace Park. The park envelops the magnificent Royal Palace and was built in the 1820s. Hans Linstow, the palace architect, also designed the mesmerizing Palace Park. Over 2000 trees had been planted and most of it still remain intact. One of the most arresting features of Palace Park is The Royal Palace. Norwegian royalty's formal residence, the palace is currently occupied by Herald V. During summers, the palace as well as the park can be explored through guided tours.
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.