Postcard from Oslo, Norway, Ingens gate

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Ingens gate (nobody`s street) A little laneway characterized by street art next to Akerselva.  This is a street that “does not exist”  no buildings have the address Ingens gate. You can find the street on road maps but it has a sort of unofficial status.  The name Ingens gate is unofficial to, its background is apparently that nobody wanted to take responsibility for maintenances and snow plowing. In 2005 the sign Ingens gate (Nobody’s street) was put up as a response to the lack of effort.

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Sundays all year round, a street marked with arts and crafts is arranged. On the weekends before Christmas, it is a Christmas market.

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Postcard from Oslo, Norway, Oslo Cathedral

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Oslos tiny Cathedral was first consecrated in 1697, and in 1950 it was restored back to its original baroque interior.

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The pulpit, altarpiece and organ front with acanthus carvings are all originals. Oslo Cathedral contains both objects and pieces from the to former cathedrals in Oslo

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The devil of Oslo. This stone carving is the church’s oldest heirloom.   It was made around 1100 and its origin is believed to be Hallvardskirken (Hallvards church). It shows a human being attacked by a dragon and a lion.

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The bronze doors with decorations were made in 1938.

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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