From a far distance, as we were walking on the Rådhusplassen road towards Oslo City Hall, we noted an astronomical clock, behind a large swan sculpture. As we got closer to the rectangular red-bricked edifice, the City Hall began to call out. Ardourly built downtown, near the square, Oslo City hall is where they organise Noble Peace Prize ceremony year after year. What an honour to be here! (Especially, since we had already visited the Stockholm City Hall by now) By the time, we reached the Swan sculpture crafted in bronze, we were already drawn in, by the impressive layout of the City Hall.
Bronze Swan and the Astronomical Clock
The astronomical clock, on your right, is the highlight of City Hall’ expansive exteriors. Paired with, the copper-ish Swan mural paying homage to Saint Hallvard. Designed by architects, Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson, Oslo City Hall is a grand Norwegian building; which was inaugurated to celebrate Oslo’s 900th anniversary in 1931.
At present, City Hall is used by the city council, to meet and discuss administrative affairs. As we were walking inwards, our guide pointed out to the side wing and told us, this land was once, a restaurant in 1926. Later in 1930, this land was bought by the government to turn it into a City Hall to host political parties and theatrical performances.
Inside Oslo City Hall
The interiors are just as marvellous! At first glance, we found City Hall’s entrance lobby to be dwelling on simplicity. With classic off-white walls, flaunting bright paintings, the entire enclosure seemed to have lit up. Later, we met Norway’s remarkable art history at every corner. Most built from the local materials! In particular, our guide showed us around the ‘Folket-I-Arbeid-Og-Solid’ and ‘Arbeid-Administrasjon-Festival’ paintings. These ancient art-frames depict an entire bygone era, like the aesthetic-art on the banquet walls.
Nonetheless, steeped in rich Norwegian history and traditions; Oslo City Hall also lets you admire the extraordinary art collection dating back to Nordic mythology.
From paintings, frescoes, to tapestries, City Hall is flourishing with peaceful elements which make it the best venue to host a Noble Prize ceremony. On December 10th each year, Oslo City hall celebrates Alfred Nobel by rewarding Noble Prize to Noble Laureates.
The prestigious awards ceremony sees the presence of the Royal family as well as, the Prime Minister of Norway. Besides, this most-visited venue of Oslo also offers free entrance. Along with, free guided tour between 9 AM to 4 PM from June to August.