Monday, May 21, 2007

The site of a royal wedding

Oslo Ladegård (1210/ 1579/ 1725)

Oslo Ladegård is one of the few buildings with medieval roots, still in use today. Here you have at least four layers of history on top of each other.

Early 13th century it used to be the site of the Bishop's palace, first built in wood. Through the late medieval era, the Bishop's palace was rebuilt in stone, and connected to St. Hallvards church. The palace grew into a religious as well as a politcial centre, and it was here the first agreement of union between Sweden and Norway was signed after the death of the last Norwegian king Haakon V Magnusson in 1319.

In 1523 the Swedes destroyed what was left of the Bishops palace and the mayor of Oslo built his renaissance building in bricks on top of the remains of the palace in 1579.

In Christoffer Mules house another event of major importance took place. November 23rd 1589, James VI of Scotland, son of Mary Queen of Scots married Princess Anne of Denmark in Oslo Ladegård. He was 23 and she was only a child of 15. After the marriage ceremony they left for Helsingør and Copenhagen before they went to Scotland in May 1590.

At the right you see a doorway from Mayor Mules building. Fancy - the Royal couple may have passed through this door!

Another interesting part of the Oslo Ladegård is The Chapel of Bishop Nicolas, named after Nikolas Arnesson (died 1225), the bishop that started the construction of the palace in 1210. He was closely related to the royal family and was active through the Norwegian civil war period (1130 to 1240).

It used to be a part of the Bishops palace and it was excavated in 1919 as it was found during the construction of a railway line.

It was rebuilt partly from the old stones and partly on bricks in 1961, and is today used as a chapel.

Christoffer Mules house was taken over by the wealthy Toller family that used it as a summer residence. Sadly, Christoffer Mules renaissance building burned down in 1722

In 1725 Karen Toller (image) built the baroque building that is standing today, and it is a wonder that it has survived all these years. Today you may admire the beautiful exterior and interior, and there is a small reconstructed baroque garden made in Karen Tollers honour.

Here you can even enjoy a meal, as there is a great little restaurant where you can order a good ciabatta or pizza, and enjoy a dripping cold beer.

Oslo Ladegård - how to get there.

Oslo Ladegård is situated by the Church of St. Hallvard and the other remains from the Medieval era is situated in Old Oslo, in downtown Oslo. The easiest way to get there is to take tram line 18/19 - direction Holtet / Ljabru and leave at St. Hallvards plass.

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