An impressive building I came across, was Parliament House. NO, dull grey buildling here, but a stylish yellow brick building!
I was here at a sad time, only a week after a right-wing extremist set off a bomb near Parliament House, killing eight people, before going on a shooting rampage. On the front fence, were many flowers and messages of condolence.
PARLIAMENT HOUSE CAN BE VISITED......
Summer: Weekdays at 10 am, 11.30 am and 1 pm.
Spring and autumn: Saturdays at 10 am, 11.30 am and 1 pm.
Meeting point at the Akersgata entrance (the back of the building) 15 minutes before the tour starts.
The Norwegian Parliament is called "Stortinget" meaning The Great assembly. It assembles in a beautiful building down-town Oslo, which is the last of the 3 main buildings in a row - first The Royal Palace, then The National Theatre and last Stortinget.
The Parliament was established in 1814 when the Norwegians got their own Constitution. It has got 169 member and has assembled in this beautiful parliament building since 1866.
The Germans occupied the Parliament during WW2 and used it for a while as barracks!
There are guided tours of the Parliament free of charge. I always ment to go there, but missed the opportunity. Next time for sure. The tours are during the summer time from Mondays-Fridays at 10 and 13 in English and 11:30 in Norwegian.
In front of the Parliament is Eidsvolls plass square.
During the months that I visited there always seemed to be some kind of a protest in front of the Parliament building.
Stortinget is the national parliament of Norway. Norway is a kingdom and a parliamentary monarchy. If you're visiting its capital city Oslo in the weekend, you have a great chance to visit the parliament for free, too; plus, you get a free guidance in English and a great inside into the Norwegian history.
More current info here:
This impressive building is situated on Karl Johans Gate, the home of the Norwegian National Assembly. Storting, or The Stortinget means Big Thing!
Completed in 1850, the architect was Emil Victor Langlet. There was a competition for the best design plan, and this had already been awarded to a partnership. Langlet, who'd been holidaying in Italy when the competition was set, submitted a late entry, his design being so superior, he was given the prize.
When Parliament is sitting, the Public Galleries are open for visits, and there are guided tours.
July to Mid August daily at 10.00hrs, 11.30 and 1300hrs.
Mid August to June open Saturdays only.
Tel 23 31 31 80 for details
The webpage , www.stortinget.no gives useful information about tours, history etc.
For more details about Norwegian Parliament, its history, political parties etc etc check out
The Stortinget is the Norwegian parliament and the place where laws are passed. it's an impressive building with two lion statues at its main entrance guarding the central tower-like part . Strangely enough the architect of this building was Swedish, not Norwegian: Emil Victor Langlet, who completed it in 1866.
The Parliament building can occasionally be visited, on Saturdays only, though, and by guided tour only. Here is some more precise information.
Guided tours of the Parliament Building:
Every Saturday from 9 September to 9 December 2006, from 6 January to 31 March and from 14 April to 9 June 2007
Time: 10.00, 11.30 and 13.00 (Norwegian/English). Free of charge. use the Akersgaten entrance at the back of the Parliament Building.
The Norwegian Parliament is housed in this very unique architectural building. What is also unique is that this building like the Royal palace is very accessible and can be walked right up to, very surprising in this age of high security elsewhere. The building is open for guided tours on week days.
Just a hundred meters away from Ibsen's favourite Grand Cafe lies the Norwegian Parliament Building. Norwegian parlamentarianism is older than the country's independence: independent in 1905, Norway got its constitution as far back as 1814 and with it - division of power between the the King, the Storting and the courts. To an until then Danish colony, own constitution meant the whole world to Norway, and its adoption on the 17 May is selebrated as the Norwegian National Day each year. The proper building for the Norwegian Parliament was not built until 1866, but this long wait produced a perfect location and a perfect design for the national assembly.
Just like the best things in life are free, the entrance to the beautiful Stortinget and the very illuminating guided tours are free! Meet at the entrance 15 min before the tour starts and try not to be the last in line as each tour can only take up to 30 persons. The tours start (from 19. juni to 25. august ) Monday to Friday at 10.00, 11.30 and 13.00, (rest of the year) on Saturdays at the same times. Duration is one hour, and the tour languages are Norwegian and English (French is possible at the 13:00 tour)
If you don't make it to the tour I can tell you a fairy-tale-like story that involves Stortindet's lions (see picture). The Building now is often referred to as "The building on the lion hill" because of these two stone lions at its entrance. The lions were mainly carved by a convict from the prison at Akershus Fortress who had been first sentenced to death for a murder, but then the sentence had been commuted to penal servitude for life. The two lions put up in 1865 became the city's first outdoor sculptures and were regarded as excellent pieces of stonemasory of their time. They soon became the symbol of the Norwegian parliamentarism. The lion's success with the public paved the way for their sculptor's freedom: in 1872 he was released "for services to Norway's national assembly" and started a new life by migrating to the United States!
Built in 1866, this building hosts the Norwegian Parliament and is located along the famous Karl Johans Road. Admission to visit the interior is free. Guided tours of 1 hour duration are offered, check out the times on the board on the gates.
In the middle of Karl Johans gate there is the Storting: the Parlament Building. It was built by the Swedish architect V.Langlet between 1857 and 1866. It was restored in 1965 and it was decorated by the most important Norwegians artists.
Stortinget ('the Great Council') is norwegian parliament. The Storting Building which we can see on the picture was completed in 1866 and was designed by the architect Victor Langlet. It's a very nice building from my point of view :) Not only from the outside but from the inside as well, and it has very nice guards working there ;-)
You can visit it with the English speaking guide and get to know about Norwegian history (and see all historical documents, like e.g. constitution).
There are guided tours three times a day during summer, except Saturday and Sunday, from June 20 to September 2.
The tours start at the following hours:
10.00 am / 11.30 am / 1.00 pm
There is no need to book in advance.
Guided tours will be arranged every Saturday from 10 September to 10 December 2005 (except 1 October), from 7 January to 8 April and from 22 April to 10 June 2006 (except 3 June).
The tours start at the following hours:
10.00 am / 11.30 am / 1.00 pm
Continuing your walk up Karl Johans Gate you will find the Norway Parliment buiding. If you have beautiful weather like we did you will be able to get a great photo of Parliment. You can take tours of the Parliment building although we did not.
The parliament is situated in the middle of Karl Johansgate. It was built in 1861-66 by the swedish architect Emil Victor Langlet.
In February 1814 the Danish Crown Prince Christian Frederik called together the most influential men in Norway to an assembly at Eidsvoll, and after months of discussions the Constitution was signed and sealed on the 17th of May 1814.
The same day, Christian Frederik was elected King of a free, sovereign and independent Norway. With this, Norway had established its Constitution and founded its national assembly - the Storting, and 17th of May has been celebrated as the nationalday of Norway ever since.
Click here to see pictures from the national day
It is possible to take a guided tour of the Storting, also in english. Approximately 25 000 people visit the Storting and get guided tours each year.
First of all, it's very central. It takes a few minutes to watch it. Just to have seen it.
You can get a guide to the inside, but unless you're very interested in how politics are done in norway, it's not recomended.
I'm interested in politics - but found it boring.
One time though, one of our youngest politicians gave me and a few other people a personal tour of the building. That was great!
Stortinget is the parliament building, an imposing chunk of neo-Romanesque architecture that was completed in 1866.
The entry fee is free :) but it doesn't always open so check out their website for the correct time.
Situated in the heart of Oslo, the Parliament building houses the Norwegian Storting (Parliament) and dates from 1866.
A very beautiful building, and very interesting interior.
Check the web site about the guided tours, which are free of charge.