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Pictures from the City Hall (Radhus) of Oslo and the Nobel Peace Center in Norway.

City Hall (Radhus) of Oslo
City Hall (Radhus) of Oslo in Norway.                                                                                                                          © Dirk Wuyst

North side with the astronomical clock and the main entrance of City Hall.

Oslo is the capital of Norway and also by far the largest city in the country. It is located at the northernmost end of the Oslofjord in the south-east of Norway.

The city was founded around 1048 by King Harald III so that it the oldest of the Scandinavian capitals. After the Great Fire that destroyed the city in 1624, the Danish King Christian IV decided to rebuild the city and named it Christiania. In 1925, the original Norwegian name of the city was restored.

The current Oslo City Hall was inaugurated in 1950 when the city celebrated its 900th anniversary. It houses the city council, the city administration, and art galleries. The building is located just near the harbor in central downtown Oslo. The eastern tower of Oslo City Hall has a 49-bell carillon that plays every hour.

Public tours are offered every day  during the summer season as well as Wednesdays the rest of the year.

Annually in December, the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo City Hall in the presence of the Royal family and the Prime Minister of Norway.

Painting by Henrik Sørensen in the City Hall of Oslo
Painting by Henrik Sørensen in the City Hall of Oslo in Norway                                                           © Dirk Wuyst

Oslo City Hall has been decorated by great Norwegian artists, including Edvard Munch, Alf Rolfsen and Henrik Sørensen, with motifs from Norwegian history, culture and working life. The work "Art and celebration" by Henrik Sørensen covers a large wall of Oslo City Hall: it is the largest oil painting in Europe.

Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Noorway
Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway.                                                                                                                       © Dirk Wuyst

The Nobel Peace Center in Oslo is located in an old train station between the City Hall and the shopping areas at Aker Brygge. It is a museum and documentation center (permanent and temporary exhibitions, films, lectures, etc.) for the Nobel Peace Prize. It includes a museum shop. Open all days 10.00 – 18.00. Guided tours are available on Saturday and Sunday in English and in Norwegian. 

The Nobel Peace Center was inaugurated in 2005.

See more pictures from Oslo:
-- Oslo Royal Palace and Port
-- Oslo National Theatre and Theatercaféen.   

See more pictures from cities in Norway:
-- Alesund
-- Bergen
.   

 

Links

Oslo City Hall
Official web site of the City of Oslo
Nobel Peace Center
Official web site of the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo.
Dirk Wuyts
The pictures above are from Dirk Wuyts and the Association adc diving (adcdiving.be): his web site provides divers with travelogues, pictures and cultural information from his diving trips (site in Dutch).

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Norway > Pictures and travelogues > Oslo National Theatre and Theatercaféen

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Travel guide to Norway with many pictures.