Kulturkirken Jakob (St. James Cultural Church), Oslo

Kulturkirken Jakob (St. James Cultural Church), Oslo

The Saint James Cultural Church, known locally as Kulturkirken Jakob, is a neo-Gothic church, typical of many in Scandinavia. Built in 1875, it is known for its surprisingly large capacity (up to five hundred worshipers) and excellent acoustics. As a result, the church has forged a reputation as a venue for cultural events – hence the name ‘kulturkirken’. The building hosts concerts, art exhibitions and plays. Many events carry a religious context, but the church is keen to promote local and global art and culture, regardless of its religious views.

Galleries are held in a 250 square meter exhibition room, with a bar attached. The church’s main hall, 18 meters in height, has proved a popular concert venue. While the church may look like many others around Oslo, what goes on inside the redeveloped building makes it a unique attraction. Found at the corner of Grunerlokka and Gamlebyen, the church has grown to become one of the city’s best artistic venues. Current events include Norwegian language plays and a workshop on African art and culture. The church is not open for public tours, but can be booked for private events. The building is open to paying visitors whilst performances and exhibitions are taking place.

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Sight Name: Kulturkirken Jakob (St. James Cultural Church)
Sight Location: Oslo, Norway (See walking tours in Oslo)
Sight Type: Religious
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