Oslo - information about the city

Oslo ( /ˈɒzloʊ/, oz-loh, [ˈʊʃlʊ] [ˈʊslʊ] ) is a municipality, and the capital and most populous city of Norway. As a municipality ( formannskapsdistrikt ), it was established on 1 January 1838. Founded around 1048 by King Harald III, the city was largely destroyed by fire in 1624. The city was moved during the reign of King Christian IV. It was rebuilt closer to Akershus Castle, and renamed Christiania in his honour (also spelled Kristiania in the late 1800s). In 1925, twenty years after the dissolution of personal union between Norway and Sweden, the city reclaimed its original Norwegian name, Oslo. The diocese of Oslo is one of the five original dioceses in Norway, which originated around the year 1070.

Oslo - tourist attractions

markerA Oslo Opera House The Oslo Opera House (Operahuset) is the home of The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the national opera theatre in Norway. The building is situated in the Bjørvika neighborhood of central Oslo, at the head of the Oslofjord. It is operated by Statsbygg, the government agency which manages pr... Oslo Opera House  - photo
markerB Norwegian Maritime Museum The Norwegian Maritime Museum (Norsk Maritimt Museum), previously known as the Norsk Sjøfartsmuseum, founded in 1914. The museum's building won an architectural award. Its exhibits on coast culture and maritime history include boat models, fishing, marine archeology, marine paintings, ship building... Norwegian Maritime Museum - photo
markerC Nobel Peace Center Nobel Peace Center (Nobels Fredssenter) is a showcase for the Nobel Peace Prize and the ideals it represents. The Center is also an arena where culture and politics merge to promote involvement, debate and reflection around topics such as war, peace and conflict resolution. The Center presents the N... Nobel Peace Center - photo
markerD Fram Museum The Fram Museum (Frammuseet) is a museum telling the story of Norwegian polar exploration. It is located on the peninsula of Bygdøy in Oslo, Norway. It was inaugurated on 20 May 1936. Museum honours Norwegian polar exploration in general and three great Norwegian polar explorers in particular: Frid... Fram Museum - photo
markerE Artists' House in Oslo Artists' House (Kunstnernes Hus) is an art gallery in Oslo, Norway. It is Norway's largest gallery under the direction of artists, and has served as a major center for exhibits of Norwegian and international contemporary art. It is also a prominent example of Functionalist architecture and houses th... Artists' House in Oslo - photo
markerF Oslo City Hall Oslo City Hall (Oslo rådhus) houses the city council, city administration, and art studios and galleries. The construction started in 1931, but was paused by the outbreak of World War II, before the official inauguration in 1950. Its characteristic architecture, artworks and the Nobel Peace Prize ce... Oslo City Hall - photo
markerG Oslo Cathedral Oslo Cathedral (Oslo domkirke), formerly Our Savior's Church (Vår Frelsers kirke) is the main church for the Oslo bishopric of the Church of Norway, as well as the parish church for downtown Oslo. The present building dates from 1694-1697. The Norwegian Royal Family and the Norwegian Government use ... Oslo Cathedral - photo
markerH Eidsvoll Square Eidsvoll Square (Eidsvolls plass) is a square and park in Oslo, Norway. It has been referred to as "the National Mall of Norway". It was originally a marshy area, but became a park around the same time as buildings were raised in the street Karl Johans gate, and the street Stortingsgata was built i... Eidsvoll Square - photo
markerI Studenterlunden Studenterlunden is a park in the city center of Oslo, Norway. It is surrounded by Karl Johans gate, Stortingsgata, Universitetsgata and Frederiks gate. Within the park lays the National Theatre. It also contains one of the entrances to Nationaltheatret Station of the Oslo Metro and Nationaltheatre... Studenterlunden - photo
markerJ National Theatre in Oslo The National Theatre in Oslo (Nationaltheatret) is one of Norway 's largest and most prominent venues for performance of dramatic arts. The theatre had its first performance on 1 September 1899 but can trace its origins to Christiania Theatre, which was founded in 1829. There were three official op... National Theatre in Oslo - photo

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Geographical coordinates: 59.9167, 10.75
Approximate population: 596,923

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