The Iconic Oslo Opera House, Norway

Iconic Oslo Opera House by Thomas Johannessen, Visit Oslo

Oslo Opera House –

An amazing opera house designed by the Norwegian Snohetta architects, was finished in 2008. It has really added a new dimension to Oslo, and has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Norway. The Opera House is the home of The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet.

The Oslo Opera House is beautifully located on the Bjorvika waterfront by the Oslofjord, close to the Oslo Central train station (Oslo S). The angled exterior surfaces of the building are covered with Italian marble and white granite and make it appear to rise from the water. Interior surfaces are covered in oak to bring warmth in contrast to the coolness of the white exterior.

You can read more about the Opera and see wondeful photos on Snohetta’s web site

Inside Oslo Opera by Mae & Many, Visit Oslo

Inside Oslo Opera House

It is the largest cultural building constructed in Norway since the Nidarosdomen cathedral in Trondheim was completed in 1300!

The Opera building also hosts a restaurant, a cafeteria and a gift shop. Due to its beautiful and central location, the restaurant & cafeteria, and the amazing roof areas offering panoramic views of Oslo, it is very popular among the inhabitants of Oslo as well as among tourists.

A new seaside promenade is now taking form along this part of Oslo waterfront, adding new life to a former dock area.

Just behind the Opera building the new “Barcode” buildings have emerged, and in 2013, Oslo decided to build a new home to the paintings of Edvard Munch in the same area.



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