This is the old university in the center of Oslo, not far from the royal palace. This is where the juridical faculty is situated. The other faculties are in the new university, situated at Blinderen. I think the old building is very beautiful.
The university was built in 1852. Behind the pillars you'll find the ceremonial hall, decorated with huge paintings by Edvard Munch. It's often used for concerts and other solemn ceremonies.
The parliament used the university as their meeting place before the parliament building was finished in 1866.
Some more about transportation in Oslo. As I've mentioned we have a great subway system (although it definitely needs some modernization). In addition to the subway, there are several busses to take you "everywhere". The blue tram is mostly used for transportation in the central parts of the city.
Another photo from Karl Johan, this time closer to the royal castle. This is right next to the national theater (which you cannot see in the photo, but is further to the right). The darker building straight ahead (with the little "tower") is where you can find Hard Rock Café Oslo.
This is from the underground station "Stortinget" in Oslo. Stortinget is the name of the Parliament building and this station is right next to it.
This is where you can buy the tickets. The many booths were supposed to function, but they still aren't. They must have been there at least a year now, or more? But they have some trouble and meanwhile they can't be used for anything. Silly... :-)
As I told you a couple of days ago, we had our first snow this winter. I took a few photos and this is one of them. It was quite windy and the snowflakes were whirling in the air. Luckily none of it stayed on the ground. Well, it did... but just as water. :-)
These are more photos from the demonstration I told you about yesterday. The building is the parliament in the center of Oslo. Some politicians were there, listening to the demands of the deaf demonstrators. No promises were made, though.
By the way... it snowed today for the first time this winter. Not much and luckily it didn't stay on the ground. I hope it will wait a bit longer, because I don't have winter tires on my car yet. :-)
A few days ago there was a procession of demonstrators on Oslo's main street, Karl Johan. They were there to tell the politicians they want their language to get a higher status in Norway. And the language is the sign language. There are 5000 deaf people in Norway and 20.000 who use the sign language. Deaf people want to have the similar possibilities in life as hearing people; they want to be able to choose the education they want, to take part in society like everybody else, to watch television programs etc.
The sign language is accepted officially as a language in countries like Germany, Belgium and New Zealand - but not in Norway. These people want the right to communication, but the politicians say it's too expencive.
Hopefully these demonstrators will be heard. The next couple of days I'll submit a few more photos from the demonstration, to show my support.
In this photo you see the royal castle in the distance. The building on the left is the parliament building.
This is a manhole with the symbol of Oslo on it. It's Saint Halvard, the patron of Oslo. In his hand he's holding the three arrows that killed him and the millstone his killers used to sink him in the sea. He sits on a throne with lion heads and before his feet lies the woman who symbolises the victim he tried to save.
The story is that on May 15th in the year 1043, a woman was accused of stealing, but claimed she hadn't. She tried to escape and begged a young man, Halvard, to take her on his boat across the sea. He believed her and helped her, but the followers soon reached them on another boat and accused Halvard of helping a thief. He wouldn't listen to them, so they shot him with arrows and then beat the woman to death. To cover up the murders, the woman was buried near the beach and Halvard was dumped in the sea with a millstone around his neck. But his body floated and was found.
Later, at his grave, there were reported several omens. Halvard was martyrized as he had died trying to save an innoncent woman, and was eventually named a saint. His remains were later placed in a silver shrine and placed in the Maria church in Oslo.
In the year 1130, the new Saint Halvard church was built and the holy shrine was moved there.
Oslo's main street is called Karl Johans gate (K J's street) and goes from the main railway station and all the way up to the royal castle. I don't go there often, but when I do I always take the time to admire the buildings. I love these old houses with many details. Especially those with towers like this one. Tomorrow I'll show you a closer detail of the two cherubs or angels that decorate this white and red building.
This is a small park outside of the national theater (from yesterday's post). The golden statue is quite new. It's a statue of Wenche Foss, one of Norway's most famous and beloved actresses for several decades. Her son, Fabian Stang, just recently became the mayor of Oslo.
This is the fountain near Nationaltheatret (The national theater), in the center of Oslo. I'll show you the theater later. The fountain is situated behind the theater, just outside of the entries to the tube and the train staion. Busses and trams are also easy to access here, you can see the blue tram in the background.
We have run this blog for quite a while, and feel like we need a break to do other things. We will still post photos, but not as often as before. Hopefully you will continue to visit us from time to time. :-)