Don’t be fooled by the ominous looking dark towers which seem to jut out of Oslo’s harbour-front central district. What looks like a foreboding and grim architectural throwback from a distance is a must see treasure, a city hall which reflects Norway's culture and working life through stunning art and decoration from 1900-1950. A grand walkway with cascading water leads the way in and, once inside, you’re free to explore. The large central space, where there are frequent free concert recitals, is adorned by enormous paintings depicting the rise of the labour movement between the wars. It’s breathtaking. Smaller rooms, chambers and hallways are equally impressive and don’t forget to look up – the light fittings are things of beauty.
Oslo City HallThe city’s council building is also a beautiful monument to Norway’s history
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