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Dark History of Victoria Terrasse in Oslo, Norway

When Victoria Terrasse was finished in 1890, the ornate façade with towers and a slate roof stretched over 590 feet. Inside were luxury apartments. The flats were so fancy they were among the first residences to have electricity. In 1913, the government purchased the structure for administrative offices and a police station. Its dark history […]

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Domus Bibliotheca Law Library at University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway

The original campus for the University of Oslo when founded in 1811 was in the center of the city. Most of their facilities have moved to their Blindern campus but the Faculty of Law has remained behind. The Law Library is in Domus Bibliotheca. It contains research and reference materials on Scandinavian, German and international […]

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Domus Media at University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway

Domus Media is the most impressive of the three buildings that constitute the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo. Its Neoclassical design resembles an imposing Greek or Roman Temple. Built in the mid-19th century, Domus Media now houses lecture halls and offices for law professors. This was also the venue for awarding the […]

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Trafikanten Tower in Oslo, Norway

Trafikanten Tower stands tall in the center of Jernbanetorget square in Oslo’s center city called Sentrum. At the base of the glass clock tower is a tourist and transportation information office. A few steps away are the Sentralstasjon, the city’s central train station, and the Byporten which is a large shopping mall.

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Tjuvholmen Peninsula From Oslo Fjord in Oslo, Norway

Sailing along the Oslo Fjord gives you the best view of the Tjuvholmen neighborhood and its eclectic collection of architecture. In the foreground is the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art. The green space is an outdoor sculpture park. The modern buildings in the background are primarily apartments. They were constructed from 2005 through 2014 […]

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The Tiger Statue in Oslo, Norway

Oslo’s nickname is Tigerstaden or The Tiger City. In 2000, residents wanted to celebrate their millennium in grand fashion. Part of the ceremonies was erecting this 14.8 foot bronze statue by Elena Engelsen in front of Jernbanetorget, Oslo Central Station. Tigeren has become a favorite among tourists and locals. Sometimes the fierce sculpture can scare […]

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Storting Plenary Chamber in Oslo, Norway

Behind the yellow brick walls of this semicircular structure is the Plenary Chamber. This is where the 169 members of Norway’s legislative body conduct their meetings. Eight political parties are represented in the Storting parliament. The Stortingsbygingen, called the Parliament of Norway Building in English, has been the home to the country’s government since it […]

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Storting Parliament Building in Oslo, Norway

Toward the end of the Napoleonic Wars and during the Treaty of Keil in 1814, Denmark agreed to cede Norway. This gave the Norwegians the opportunity to establish their own parliament. May 17th, Syttende Mai, is still celebrated as Norwegian Constitution Day. However, a few months later during the Convention of Moss, they were forced […]

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Norwegian Royal Palace Full View in Oslo, Norway

Construction of the Norwegian Royal Palace was proposed by King Carl Johan in 1822. The first monarch occupant was King Oscar I in 1849. The Neoclassical design by Danish architect Hans Ditlev Linstow features Ionic columns above a portico with two wings. Flying above Det Norske Kongehus is the red flag called the Royal Standard […]

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Sailboat Floating in Oslo Fjord in Oslo, Norway

This boat is peacefully sailing in the Oslofjord inlet. This area of the Bjørvika neighborhood once was a container harbor. It has undergone significant redevelopment since 2000. Seen next to the sail is the mouth of the Akersela river. Behind it is a row of high-rises along Dronning Eufemias gate. They are collectively called the […]