Monday, March 29, 2010

Bispegata - a medieval street in Oslo

On the corner of Oslo gate and Bispegata you find this blue sign telling a short story from the Medieval city. It has the following text:

BISPEALMENNINGEN
CITY STREET FROM THE 12TH CENTURY
CONNECTING CHURCH OF ST. HALLVARD TO THE PORT
BISPEGATA
FOLLOWS THE ROUTE OF THE ORIGINAL STREET



Bispegata is a heavily trafficked street at Oslo's East End. When standing at the corner of Oslo gata and Bispegata looking towards the Oslo fjord you see the emerging skyline of the modern city.

Your feet are, however, firmly standing in the oldest part of Oslo, going back one thousand years. You are close to what is left of a market town founded by Viking Kings before the year 1000.

Here you find the important remains of Old Oslo. Churches, monasteries, and one palace belonging to the first kings of Norway and one where the Bishop once resided.

Historic sights of Old Oslo

Old Oslo is a part few tourists visit, but is, believe me, a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered by foreign travelers. Here are stories on sights of Medieval Oslo posted here on Enjoy Food & Travel.
(Photo: Bispegata - Helge Høifødt)

Bispegata and other sights of Old Oslo - see this map


Vis Oslo on Enjoy Food & Travel - from A-Z i et større kart

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