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Nestled outside the stunning Cannon Hall, Peer Gynt Sculpture Park celebrates the literary works of Henrik Ibsen, undoubtedly one of the most renowned writers of the world. The park is home to 20 carvings depicting various scenes from Peer Gynt, a noted play penned by Ibsen. The various sculptures at Peer Gynt Sculpture Park were chosen from a contest that spanned many years. The sculptures at the park include The Abduction, The Wild Buck Ride and Peer and three girls, among others. All the busts surely mesmerize you with the variations in size, expression and depiction.
This is a farm run by volunteers. It differs from other farms in that it focuses more on cultural activities than on farming as such. The activities include theater, painting, belly dancing, literature, crafts, sewing, gardening and much more. The café is open from 11a-2p between Tuesday and Thursday and from 12p-3p on Sunday. The farm dates back to 1350, and the main buildings are from 1850. The venue is also available for private party rentals. Naturally, being a farm there are also plenty of animals to see! A lot of activities are arranged outside of opening hours, but not all of them are open to the public, so call for more information. Facilities include handicapped access to most parts of the farm, including the toilets. Buses 25, 31 and 32 go past.
Situated within walking distance from the Botanical Gardens and the Munch Museum, this is one of the many places with a panoramic view of the city. In the summers you can have a picnic in this park, let your children run freely, play frisbee, take pictures or sunbathe. Ola Narr is the highest point in the Tyen area which inspires many photographers and artists.
A horse, a goat, rabbits, ducks, chickens and pigs are among the numerous animals that live here. An ecological farm for children, Kampen Økologiske Barnebondegård is a place where city kids learn to take care of animals and grow food. After a visit here your children will definitely know where the milk comes from (not the carton). There is also an ecological herbal garden and a vegetable garden. The main attraction for many Norwegian children is Hulda the pig, known from children's television.
Norway's oldest botanical garden is open year-round and creates beautiful surroundings for the university museums in the area. Nature herself is master of ceremonies throughout the year, whether you are visiting the systematic section, the Rock Garden or the Fragrant Garden. In the greenhouses there are tropical plants and more. Inside the Botanical Museum you can enjoy the exquisite botanical drawings by an Norwegian artist. Atop the hill a nice café awaits you. The other museums in close proximity to the garden are the Mineral-geologisk Museum, Paleontologisk Museum and Zoologisk Museum. Admission is free.
Vålerenga Church is a beautiful late 19th-century brick building surrounded by a small park. It was built in Neo-Gothic style like so many other churches in Oslo, but owes its fame neither to brilliant architecture nor the beautiful setting. This east end church is a decent "working church" in the spirit of the 1970s, where what counts is religion playing an active part in everyday life - and where the walls will not tumble from a little swearing. For this reason, the local football team supporters, widely recognized as the best fan club in Norway, are allowed to hold court inside the building, and the congregation frequently looks beyond the straight and narrow path to find a preacher for the Sunday sermon!
Built in 1877 by Jacob Wilhelm Nordan, the Sofienberg Church is essentially a wooden church with brickwork architecture. It was originally called Petrus, however in 1962, it was renamed Sofienberg, after the parish was divided with that of Pauluskirche. A distinguishing feature of the church is the altarpiece painted by Otto Sindling.
Founded in 1936 and a part of the Pentecostal movement in Norway, the Salem kirke is known to have sent many missionaries abroad. A multicultural church, it provides for services in Romanian, Spanish as well as English. Apart from the worship, it offers many community activities.
Oslo's more than 30 Muslim congregations have some 36,000 registered members; currently, there are 18 mosques and another three are under construction. This is the first one to have been purpose-built. The building is truly spectacular, with soaring minarets; mosaics executed by famous Iranian craftsmen embellish the facade and the interior. Construction started in 1991 and the mosque was finished in 1995. It belongs to the World Islamic Mission, a London-based Sunni missionary movement originating in the Punjabi countryside, with an accent on Sufi mysticism. Still, the friendly congregation welcomes everyone. Guided tours are now available for interested groups of 50, the duration of which is 45 minutes.
Established in 1876, Ringnes Bryggeri is perhaps the biggest brewery firm in Norway and is now owned by the Carlsberg Group which is one of leading brewery groups in the world. With more than 1500 workers, the brewery caters completely to the Norwegian beverage market and is known for their local brands. Norwegians have been loyal to this 130 years old company for their smooth brews and good customer service.
Originally a working-class area, in the last years Grünerlkka has become renowned throughout Norway for its street-life as well as its large and ever-increasing number of restaurants and bars. One of the things that remains the same is the Sunday morning toll of the bells in the local church. Paulus Kirke, a Neo-Gothic brick building consecrated in 1892, was constructed by architect Henrik Bull as part of a popular overall design that included the public park of Birkelunden and the public primary school on the opposite side. For this reason the church has the peculiarity of a main entrance facing west, above which is the belfry. Up to 800 churchgoers can be seated in the spacious interior. Occasionally the church hosts Forum Gatherings, where representatives of religions as varied as Buddhism, Islam or ancient Norse beliefs gather to debate and exchange ideas. The altar painting was made by Christen Brun, and the statue of Christ is a replica modeled by Gunnar O. Alvr of an artwork by Danish sculptor Thorvaldsen.
A picturesque square centrally located in Oslo's Grünerløkka region, Olaf Ryess plass is almost square in shape. Aker municipality owned the area till the year 1858. Named after Olaf Rye, a noted military leader, the square was converted into a beautiful park in the year 1890. It contains a sculpture of Eilert Sundt, a celebrated Norwegian sociologist and theologist. The bust was erected in the year 1892. The park remains enveloped by several ancient houses built in the 19th Century.