Olso is the capital of the vast, beautiful country of Norway. Founded around 1000 A.D., the city is the most populous one in the nation and boasts a bevy of historical and cultural sites that are fascinating to visitors from all over the world.
One of the most fascinating sites in Osla is Akersus Castle. Built around 1299, this magnificent medieval castle underwent some tremendous changes before becoming the paragon of history that it is today. In 1592 it became a fortress before evolving into a renaissance castle in 1637. The castle has many open halls and period pieces that make it a must see site. In addition the church at Akershus Castle is where the royal sarcophagi is located.
The Armed Forces Museum is another interesting site. It is home to the history of the Norwegian Military from Viking time to present. The museum has special emphasis on the union with Denmark, that lasted until 1814, the union with Sweden until 1905, and the invasion of the German forces in April of 1940. In addition there is a large exhibit on WWII as well.
If art is your passion, then the Astrup Fearnley Museet Museum of Modern Art is a must for viewing. The collection was moved into a new building, designed by renowned architect, Renzo Piano, in 2012. The museum has an impressive collection with work from many prominent artists including, artists such as Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Charles Ray, Richard Prince, Matthew Barney, Bruce Nauman, Robert Gober and Cindy Sherman. It is an epicenter of culture in downtown Olso.
In addition there is the Henie Onstad Art Center, which includes works from Picasso and Matisse. The musuem has changing exhibits currently, but visitors are welcome to call in and inquire as to what exhibit is currently on display.
Norway is a sea going nation and for the lover of ships there is the Christian Radich. It is a magnificent old sailing ship that makes its home in Akershusutstikkeren below Akershus Fortress. The ship is often at sea and is not open to guests unless arrangements are made in advance for a group. However, when she is in port, pictures may be taken and souvenirs found in a shop specifically for the ship. Visitors may also join the Friends of Christian Radich to be kept up to date on her adventures at sea.
The Center for Study of Holocaust and Religious Minorities is located in Villa Grande. The Villa Grande has a history all its own. It was during World War II Villa Grande was the residence of the Norwegian collaborator and Nazi-leader, Vidkun Quisling. It seems fitting that it is now a place of study and tolerance. The Center now works to expand the understanding of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities through research and education.
Olso is a breathtaking city. The captial of Norway and the most populous city of the nation, it is also a cultural and historical epicenter that hosts many fantastic and fascinating site for any visitor.