Wednesday, October 07, 2009

The blue signs of Oslo


Many European cities have signs showing important sights from their long, and often dramatic history. If you visit Oslo, you'll see blue, oval signs telling stories from Oslo's 1000 year old history. Sadly, they are only in Norwegian, and therefore of no use for foreigners. Here is a guide to some of the monuments and a map to find them. The location of the blue signs is marked by an I. More stories will follow on the blue signs of Oslo.

SKREDDERGÅRDEN (1894 ABOVE)

OPPFØRT 1894 FOR SKREDDER CARL HANSEN. ARKITEKT CHRISTIAN REUTER. FASADENS FRESKOMALERIER TROLIG UTFØRT AV ARNE FLADAGER. FREDET.

BUILT 1894 FOR TAILOR CARL HANSEN. ARCHITECT CHRISTIAN REUTER. FRESCO PAINTINGS ON FACADE PROBABLY BY ARNE FLADAGER. LISTED.

AKSISEHUSET

OPPFØRT CA. 1930 SOM VAKTSTUE VED BYGRENSEN FOR INNKREVING AV BY TOLL PÅ FORBRUKSVARER. AKSISE AVSKAFFET 1842

BUILT AROUND 1830 AS A CHECKPOINT BY THE CITY BORDER FOR CLAIMING CITY DUTY (AKSISE) ON COMMODITIES. AKSISE ABOLISHED IN 1842

Read more on Aksisehuset here

MANGELSGÅRDEN (1698)

OPPFØRT 1698 SOM LANDSTED VED AKERSELVA. OMBYGD 1772 TIL NÅVÆRENDE UTSEENDE. PRINDS CHRISTIAN AUGSTS MINDE ARBEIDSANSTALT 1819-1915. FREDET

BUILT 1698 AS COUNTRY ESTATE BY AKERSELVA RIVER. EXTENDED TO PRESENT BUILDING 1772. PRINDS CHRISTIAN AUGUSTS WORK HOUSE 1819-1915. LISTED

Reads more on Mangelsgården here

PILESTREDET 30A-B

EDVARD MUNCH (1863-1944) BODDE I PILESTREDET 30A OG B 1868-1875. ERINDRINGS- BILDER ER BRUKT SOM MOTIVER I HANS KUNST.

EDVARD MUNCH (1863-1944) LIVED AT PILESTREDET 30A AND B 1868-1875. IMAGES FROM HIS LIFE HERE ARE USED AS MOTIVES IN HIS ART.

Read more on Pilestredet 30 A-B here


FATTIGSTUEN VED KROHGSTØTTEN SYKEHUS

FATTIGSTUEN VED KROHGSTØTTEN SYKEHUS OPPFØRT 1859. KOMMUNAL LEGEVAKT 1900. ARKITEKT CHRISTIAN GROSCH

POOR HOUSE BY KROHGSTØTTEN HOSPITAL. BUILT 1859. MUNICIPAL EMERGENCY ROOM 1900. ARCHITECT CHRISTIAN GROSCH.

Read more on Fattigstuen here

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