"Kongsgaarden-Gamlebyen" Oslo Things to Do Tip by bpwillet

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  Kongsgaarden ruins-Gamlebyen
by bpwillet

The kings residence in Olso from about the year 1000 until the 1300?s, when it became the canon?s residence up until the Reformation. The oldest finds on the site are part of a simple, circular fort consisting of a moat and some wooden buildings. A find of German and English coins put the construction of the fort between 1040 and 1060, during the rule of Harald Hardråde (Harald the Hard Ruler). Construction of the stone fort began in the 1200?s during the rule of Haakon Haakonsson. The Kings residence was a citadel, dweling and meeting place for the King and his men when they were in Oslo. Akershus Fortress took over these functions in the 1300?s and gradually became the administrative center for this part of Norway. Large parts of the ruins from the King?s residence were removed in 1890 when a locomotive workshop was built on the site.

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  • Written Jul 3, 2005
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