Postcard from Oslo, Norway, Basarhallene

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Basarhallene (The bazaar halls) are located behind the Oslo Cathedral. Original as butcher shops, they were built during the period 1841-1858.

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Basarhallene acts like a “green lung” in-between hectic streets in the city center.

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Today it houses little shops with arts, craft, and antiques as well as restaurants and cafès

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Postcard from Oslo, Norway, The IronRoses

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The following days of the Oslo attack in Oslo and on Utøya July 22nd, 2011 a sea of roses grew in front of the Oslo Cathedral and in the streets.  The two artists Tobbe Malm and Tone Mørk Karlsrud was deeply moved and inspired by this and started The IronRoses project.  They invited blacksmiths all over the world to forge iron roses and send them to Norway.  Over the years many blacksmiths came personally to present their roses.

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Survivors and others affected were invited to Tobbes workshop to forge their own roses.  The final work consisting of 1000 roses are assembled into a sculpture, as a symbol of engagement and solidarity.  The project has now found its place in the Cathedral Park close to where the original roses sea was.

Link to The IronRose project: https://www.jernrosene.no/english

7 ghosts of Oslo, Tuesday

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Cafè Celcius (built 1626-1627)  houses Oslo’s oldest fireplace, and it is in front of the fireplace it is said that you may feel the presence of a ghost.  It is said that it is a young girl who was killed by an executioner who randomly stroke guests’ arm or back.

Postcard from Oslo, Norway, Akerselva 1

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Akerselva: A 8,2 kilometres long river rich in history, cutting through the city from Maridalsvannet (lake) in the north to Bjørvika and the Oslofjord in the south  Akerselva was the cradle of Norway’s industrialisation in the second half of the 19th century. Back then the river gave power to sawmills, textile factories and mechanical workshops.  Today you will find old industrial buildings next to wildlife, cosy restaurants and cafes, street art, beautiful waterfalls, parks and more. Nearly 50 bridges span the Akerselven and there are some 20 waterfalls.

 

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