House (Parkveien 45) was built for merchant Frederick Sundt in 1877. At that time he was the largest paraffin importer, which was widely used for lighting. Pretty soon, based on Sundt’s business, the house was nicknamed “Villa Parafina”. Frederick Sundt died in 1885 and 11 years later state bought the villa from Sundt’s widow. Royal couple king Haakon VII and queen Maud were arrived to Oslo in 1905. Several days after premier minister was hosting important guests for a dinner in “Villa Parafina”.
From 1908 the house was the residence of the Foreign minister
And where is the million buried, one would ask? To be more precise, not only one, but two or three. It has nothing to do with the Egypt Pyramids or Vikings’ treasury. Everything is much easier and closer. On the cemetery, behind the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Gypsy queen Lola is buried. She decided to take with her in a literal sense , that we usually leave for our ancestors – gold and diamonds.And there is another way to dispose the wealth at your old ages. Let me introduce Olav Thon – 90 year old richest man of Norway. He is known among the
New Year celebration 2014 is on its way and along with it–the closing of the pharmacy “Svane apotek” (English–Swan pharmacy).This unique enterprise has been opened in 1628. It is not only the oldest pharmacy, but also the oldest enterprise in the city. It’s hard to believe, but the pharmacy was built during the reign of Christian IV, the Danish king, who got Oslo transferred next to the castle’s walls. Unfortunately, the witness of many sieges, Danish and Swedish reigns and the celebration of the first anniversary of independence, did not get through the
The historian of Baltic Federal University under the name of Kant (BFU) Arkadiy Ryabichenko informs the readers of “NewsBalt” about the dark pages of Norwegian history
Last week the head of Norwegian police on behalf of his department apologized for the participation in deportation of Norwegian Jews to Germany in 1942. Edition “Dagavisen” reported that Director of the police Odd Reidar Humlegård declared to journalists, that he regreted about what had happened.
At the same day on November the 26th a memorial ceremony devoted to the 70th anniversary of
No matter whether foreigner or local, everybody was on central city street Karl Johan, but only few know who was really the first king of “independent” Norway.Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte (1763 – 1844) , French guy, started his career being a regular soldier in France. Officerships were not given to non noble people, but there are those who appear in a right place at right time. One of them was the first king of Sweden and Norway. He made brilliant career during French Revolution and even got to know closely Napoleon. After Napoleon became emperor of France, he honored Jean
One of the most beautiful monuments of Oslo, though, is situated in the center near the Aker Brygge embankment under the walls of the AkershusFortress, “hidden” from the tourist’s sight. This monument is dedicated to the 158 victims of a fire that broke out in 1990 on the passenger ferry “Scandinavian Star”.So what could have happened on board a modern ferry operating on the popular Oslo–Christianshavn (Denmark) route? The following investigation discovered numerous factors, one compounding another. The sound of the fire alarm was so quiet
Inspired by Munch’s “Aften på Karl Johan” – “Evening on Karl Johan” Italian artist Lucca Bonetti created his own version. It is one of the many other sculptures on Karl Johan street during FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Oslo 2011. In ” Evening on Karl Johan”, Edvard Munch depicts the human condition at the end of the 19th Century, a time of rapid urbanization. The ice sculpture were made from 12 blocks of snow and were transformed into sculptures of humans. The sculptures are located in almost the same spot where
At the turn of Oslo Accords between Israel and future Palestinian National Authority in May 1994 a valuable gift from Carter-Menil Foundation was given to Oslo represented by all Norwegian people. The gift was a steel sculpture of Tony Smith with a symbolic name “Wedding” – symbolizing love, harmony and mutual understanding. Unfortunately, the reality appeared to be tragic and this Wedding looks more like a forced marriage.
Famous Grand Cafe is fully associated with Henric Ibsen. Since 1891, when Ibsen returned to Norway, during 9 years he was a great attraction of the place. Nowadays one can compare it with a great marketing campaign. Attracted by Ibsen visitors could always find him between 1.20 and 2 pm, and 6 and 7.30 pm. You could set your watch after his habits. Due to a such important client, Grand Cafe made a special armchair where was written “Reserved Dr. Ibsen.”
Today he is not coming so often, but try your luck. Who knows maybe he is waiting for you.
Only few are honored to be set in stone during lifetime. Moreover in Oslo, where monuments dedicated to women are even more seldom, the monument of Wenche Foss 1917-2011 highlights great love and recognition she earned being actress and public figure.
Since her debut in 1935, Foss had acted in many theater, film and television productions. She also was a major figure in the Scandinavian country’s social circles and championed various causes, including promoting cancer awareness and helping disable children.
In 2007, for Wenches’s 90 anniversary , Queen Sonja of