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Asylet, Oslo

Asylet, Oslo

The Asylet is located on Grønland Street, the central thoroughfare in the Oslo district of the same name. Grønland is a bohemian, multicultural district where you can avoid some of the notoriously steep prices found elsewhere in the city. There are a number of modern homes and offices springing up in the area, and a great range of trendy bars, restaurants and exotic food stores.

The Asylet itself is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the area, and indeed the entire city. A two storey complex built from notched timber around a central yard, it has stood here since 1730. It’s unofficial name translates as ‘asylum’, as that was the building’s purpose for many years. Originally built as a merchant’s yard, it has also served as a courthouse, bank division and hospital.

Today, in addition to providing housing along its upper floors, it contains a diverse collection of cafes and restaurants, with al fresco dining available. The complex also houses offices and workshops. A popular spot for Oslo’s citizens to meet, work and relax, it has also been given a less dramatic nickname – Kommunegården, or ‘communal yard’. The building is preserved as a historic monument by the Norwegian government.

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Sight Name: Asylet
Sight Location: Oslo, Norway
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Oslo, Norway

Create Your Own Walk in Oslo

Create Your Own Walk in Oslo

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Kvadraturen Walk

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Hanshaugen Religious Buildings

Hanshaugen Religious Buildings

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Bygdøy Self-Guided Tour

Bygdøy Self-Guided Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 Km or 3.7 Miles
Grünerløkka and St. Hanshaugen Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Pipervika Bay Walk

Pipervika Bay Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Frogner Walk

Frogner Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles

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