Monday, 30 June 2008
Friday, 27 June 2008
Monday, 23 June 2008
Sunday, 22 June 2008
One of only two remaining Royal Yachts in Europe, HNoMY Norge (in Norwegian, KS Norge, or K/S Norge) is the Royal Yacht of the King of Norway. The ship's name Norge is Norwegian for Norway.
The Royal Yacht Norge was the Norwegian people's gift to King Haakon VII in 1947. The yacht is owned by the King but maintained and manned by the Royal Norwegian Navy.
The Fram Museum shows the history of the polar explorers. Here you’ll find the world’s most famous polarship, Fram, from 1892, the museums main attraction. The ship is displayed in its original condition with interior and objects perfectly preserved. Every visitor is welcome on board Fram.
The museum tells the story of the Norwegian polar expeditions, who also represent international history in the field of polar exploration: Nansens journey across the Polar ocean and his attempt to ski across the North Pole, Sverdrups expedition to Greenland, a voyage where more than 200 000 squarekilometers of unchartered land was discovered, and Amundsens journey to the South Pole, the discovery of the Northwest Passage and his attempt to reach the North Pole. The exhibitions in the museum have a representative selection of animals from the Polar region, like polar bears, penguins and moscus ox.
Thursday, 19 June 2008
Sunday, 15 June 2008
Saturday, 14 June 2008
Oslo City Hall is the political and administrative heart of Oslo. The building also has an important place in the history of Norwegian art and architecture and stands as a monument to the main artistic movements from the middle of the last century.
The main function of City Hall is naturally the political and administrative running of the capital. In 1986 Oslo was the first municipality in Norway to introduce a parliamentary system with a City Government. The Mayor is elected separately by the City Parliament and sits for the whole electoral period of four years. The City Parliament consists of 59 members who assemble about 15 times a year.
The lower level of the Oslo City Hall, which is entered from the harbour side, houses the City Hall Gallery and the municipal Information Centre. The gallery presents a variety of changing exhibitions throughout the year and during the summer various events and activities are staged outdoors in the square.
In 1915 Hieronymus Heyerdahl, Mayor of Christiania (renamed Oslo from 1st of January 1925), presented a plan to combine the building of a new city hall with the clearance of Pipervika, the old slum area by the harbour. In 1918 an architectural competition was won by Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson. Their final design, completed in 1930, combines the various artistic and architectural trends of the period. The blend of national romanticism, classicism and functionalism gives the building a truly unique character.
The foundation stone was laid in 1931 and a new city centre was gradually created on the site of the slum clearance, with the City Hall as the towering centrepiece of this ambitious development plan. World War II, however, delayed completion and the building was not officially inaugurated until 15th May 1950.
The City Hall covers a ground area of 4,560 sq. metres. The total floor area is roughly 38,000 sq. metres distributed between two office towers and a central building containing the main hall and the city parliament chamber. The main hall is one of Norway’s largest public spaces with a floor area of more than 1,500 sq. metres and a ceiling height of 20.8 metres.
The east tower and the west tower are 66 and 63 metres high respectively. The Mayor and the Chief Commissioner of the City Government each occupy a corner office at the ground floor of the two towers.
In 1950, the City Hall had only 4 outside bells. Two years later, the carillon at the top of the east tower had 38 different bells. In the year 2000, however, a further 11 bells were added as part of the celebrations to mark Oslo’s 1000th anniversary and the City Hall’s 50th birthday. The carillon plays every day on the hour from 07.00 to 24.00. The bells are all cast in bronze consisting of 78% copper and 22% pewter precisely. The largest of the bells weighs as much as 4,000 kilograms (8,818 lbs), while the smallest weighs only 14 (31 lbs). Concerts are regularly played on the carillon during the summer.
THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
Since 1990 the Oslo City Hall has been the venue every 10th December for the presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize. The ceremony, which is broadcast live on television throughout the world, has been a significant factor in making the City Hall an important tourist attraction for visitors to Oslo.
Source - Oslo kommune