Friday, April 13, 2007

Sights of Oslo - off the beaten track

Vår Frelsers gravlund (Cemetery of Our Saviour)

The grave of Henrik Wergeland

Henrik Arnold Thaulow Wergeland (1808-1845) is maybe the most important Norwegian poet of the 1st half of the 19th Century. He is also regarded as the father of the Norwegian Constitution Day, celebrated May 17th every year. This day is celebrated with processions of children in every city and rural community.

He is also considered to be the first National Archivist, as he became the keeper of the Royal archives in 1840.

A group that is particularly indebted to Henrik Wergeland is the Jews. The first Norwegian constitution of 1814 forbade "Jews and Jesuits" (here; Catholics) access to the country. This section of the Constitution - the section of shame, was removed in 1851, and the honor of this is credited to Henrik Wergeland.

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