Norway: Oslo Landmarks
Oslo is the capital of Norway. It lies at the end of a fjord and is surrounded by green forests. In Viking times it was called "Viken", which means "little fjord." Oslo proper was founded in 1050 but was destroyed by fire. The rebuilt city was called "Christiania" until 1924, when it resumed its older name of Oslo.
Oslo contains many parks and museums. Vigeland Park (within Frogner park) is one of the most special. Its 193 bronze and graphite statues were created by Gustav Vigeland, who gave them to the city upon his death. They concern themselves with the human condition and beautifully portray the emotions and processes of life.
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Oslo is the economic, political, and cultural heart of Norway. It has a busy seaport, the parliamentary building and royal palace, not to mention dozens of parks and museums. The pedestrian street is especially nice, and allows one to get to many of the cities highlights...