Historical Places of Norway

The historical places in Norway provide an insight into a culture and lifestyle of another era. With a little imagination one can get into the historical mood and settings of the period. Most of the historical places of Norway are open to the public giving a view and idea about the people, culture and economy yesteryears.

The important historical places of Norway are:

•  Eidsvoll Building

•  Rosenkrantz Tower and Hakons Hall

•  Urnes Stave Church

•  The Archbishops Palace

The Eidsvoll Building at Eidsvoll housed the first sitting of the parliament on May 17th 1814 when the Norwegian Constitution was signed. This popular historical place of Norway is very important for the Norwegian history, and it is one of the most famous and well-known buildings still existing. Its significant architecture among majestic old trees gives one a feel of the place and its history. Today the building has been turned into a museum open to the public.

The Rosenkrantz Tower and Hakons Hall is a prominent landmark in the city of Bergen, Norway and also one of the most famous buildings of Bergenhus fortress. The tower was named after the governor, Erik Rosenkrantz and the oldest part of the building was made up of a medieval tower, known as the “Keep by the Sea”. The Rosenkrantz Tower and the medieval stone Hakon's Hall was constructed in the middle of the 13th century as part of the royal castle in Bergen and one should surely include this in their trip to Norway.

The wooden Urnes Stave Church built in the 12th and 13th century, stands in the natural setting of Sogn og Fjordane. It's an outstanding example of traditional Scandinavian wooden architecture bringing together traces of the Celtic art Viking traditions and Romanesque spatial structures. This church is a must for people exploring Norway.

The Archbishops Palace is the oldest secular building in Scandinavia. The Archbishop's residence until the Reformation in 1537, it's one of the best preserved buildings of its type in the whole of Europe. It was also the residence of the Danish governors after the Reformation and later in the 1700 it was left in the hands of the military authorities. At present the oldest buildings facing the Cathedral are used for official functions held by the State, county and the municipality.


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