Hanshaugen Religious Walk, Oslo (Self Guided)

Learn more about the religious life of Oslo by taking this walking tour of the city’s most important sacred sights. An interesting variety of design, including Protestant and Catholic churches, can be found in Oslo Hanshaugen borough.
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Hanshaugen Religious Walk Map

Guide Name: Hanshaugen Religious Walk
Guide Location: Norway » Oslo (See other walking tours in Oslo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Author: karen
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Maria Bebudelses Orthodox Church

1) Maria Bebudelses Orthodox Church

Maria Bebudelses Kirke, or St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, is a small, unusual place of worship found on Akersbakken, close to the Stortinget in central Oslo. It is built in the traditional Scandinavian style, seen across the world as migrants from the Nordic countries set up their own churches in distant cities. Maria Bebudelses Kirke was built in 1892 to serve a growing Catholic Apostolic congregation. Sadly, whilst Norwegian congregations have survived in far flung places like Spain, the USA and the UK, the church struggled to survive, and was abandoned by the dwindling congregation in 1960.

The quirky nature of the church’s design, and the sudden, surprising collapse of its congregation, led locals to attach a mythical status to the building. Nicknamed the ‘day of judgment’ church, it was prophesised that the re-inauguration of Maria Bebudelses Kirke would herald the end of the world. Thankfully, this fanciful myth was proved untrue when a Greek Orthodox congregation moved into the church in 1986. They still hold regular services in the building, and have grown to number at least 500 worshippers. The church is also used by migrant Orthodox worshippers from other nations in south-eastern Europe, including Bulgaria and Serbia.
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St Olav's Roman Catholic Cathedral

2) St Olav's Roman Catholic Cathedral

St Olav Domkirke is the principal Catholic place of worship in Oslo. It was the first Catholic church to be built in Norway following the Lutheran Reformation, a Christian movement led by Martin Luther which briefly outlawed Catholicism in Northern Europe. Established in 1843, the church was built to serve a growing Catholic population which grew from immigration into Norway. It is thought that there are only 36,000 Catholics living in Norway – and 60% were born abroad. The cathedral has consistently held Mass in a variety of languages since its formation, encouraging a diverse range of worshipers to attend.

The cathedral was designed by architect H.E. Schirmer in the neo-Gothic style. Inaugurated in 1856, it became the main church of the Catholic Diocese of Oslo a century later. Highlights of the church’s interior include an altarpiece depicting Raphael’s Madonna, an Italian marble tabernacle donated by Pope Pius, and a throne used by Pope John Paul II in 1989. Fully restored in 1975, the church was fitted with a new high altar and pillars in the naves. The oldest item found in the building is the last surviving relic attributed to King Olav, the patron saint of Norway, after whom the cathedral is named.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Trefoldighets Church

3) Trefoldighets Church

The Trinity Church (in Norwegian, Trefoldighetskirken), really Church of Holy Trinity, is a church in the neighborhood of Hammersborg in central Oslo, Norway. Trinity Church is neighbor of the government buildings in Regjeringskvartalet. It is the parish church of the parish of Trinity, belonging to the Diocese of Oslo of the Church of Norway and was consecrated in 1858. It is one of the largest churches in Oslo (1000 seats). Minimum three architects took part in designing and building it. The church itself is in the raw red brick, while the vaults, arches and small columns have gray scale color. The nave is octagonal with a Greek cross superimposed, with the choir in the apse, shallow transept and rectangular entrance flanked by two slender, octagonal bell towers. A central dome rises above the church. The Trinity Church is one of the largest of the many octagonal churches in Norway, but one of few constructed in red brick.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Margaretakyrkan

4) Margaretakyrkan

Margaretakyrkan, which translates as St. Margaret’s Church, is found on Hammersborg Torg, north of the city centre and close to many of Oslo’s most visited churches. Immediately adjacent to the Deichmanske municipal library, the church is a mortar coated white brick building in the neo-Classical style, topped with a bronze spire at its centre. Created as a Swedish church, it was designed by Lars Israel Wahlman, and built in 1922. The church was consecrated by Bishop Nathan Söderblom in December 1925. The main altar piece, depicting Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, was designed by Gunnar Torhamn.

Currently housing a predominantly Swedish congregation, this elegant church still holds regular services, on Sundays and weekday evenings. The church is perhaps best known in Oslo for its efforts during World War 2. With Norway under attack from Nazi Germany, the church provided food to a large portion of the city’s population. It is believed that over 7000 people came to St. Margaret’s each day for food – most famously, the low cost ‘Swedish soup’ which the church regularly served to the hungry citizens of Oslo. The church building is also known for its excellent acoustics, and choral recitals are often held here as a result.
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St. Edmund's Church

5) St. Edmund's Church

St. Edmund’s Church is an Anglican place of worship, with a predominantly English speaking congregation. The church has had a presence in the city since the mid 19th century. The current building located on Møllersgata was dedicated in 1883, and consecrated by the Bishop of Fulham. Whilst the church belongs in theory to the Church of England, it hosts worshipers from Anglophone nations across the world. Each Sunday, St. Edmund’s congregation is made up of nationals from over twenty countries, making it one of Oslo’s most diverse churches. The Sunday service takes place at 11am, with an informal coffee morning taking place afterwards.

A compact neo-Gothic design, the church is often referred to as a miniature cathedral. Designed by architect Paul Due, it is known for its stained glass windows and ornate central spire, which stand out in a fairly drab corner of the city. The church is a welcoming city center place of worship, and hosts a Junior Church, student group and women only events. There is also a choir who host regular recitals. St. Edmund’s Church is the popular choice for Christians visiting Oslo from other countries, or migrants looking for a new place of worship in Norway.
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Oslo Jewish Museum

6) Oslo Jewish Museum

Oslo Jewish Museum houses a collection of articles representing Jewish history and culture in Oslo, and Norway in general. It offers a variety of temporary exhibitions and events focusing on Jewish traditions, culture and history. It was established as a foundation in 2003, supported by the Det mosaiske trossamfunn and Oslo City Museum. The museum was officially opened by Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway on September 8, 2008. The location was selected as one where there had been a substantial Jewish population. A synagogue stood on the same street from 1921 to 1942, and many of the Jews immigrating to Norway from the Baltics lived in the vicinity.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Jakob Cultural Church

7) Jakob Cultural Church

Jakob 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 make 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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