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”Vigeland’s Park” in Oslo

The world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist and one of Norway’s most popular tourist attractions is The Vigeland Park.

Known to the tourists as ”the nude park”, this public park it’s actually formally called Frogner park, after a manor house and former estate in today’s borough of Frogner. The 18th-century buildings on the grounds of the estate are now occupied by the Oslo City Museum.

The park is home to over 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron gates made by a Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland who was also in charge of the design and architectural layout of the park.

Most of the statues in the park, completed between 1939 and 1949, depict people engaging in various typically human pursuits, such as running, wrestling, dancing, hugging, holding hands and so on.

The sculptures are placed in five units along an 850 meter long axis: The Main gate, the Bridge with the Children’s playground, the Fountain, the Monolith plateau and the Wheel of Life, a symbol of eternity, representing the whole park’s theme: a human’s travel from his birth to until his death bed.

The park is opened all year round with no entrance fee. It’s most beautiful in the summer when in full bloom or during autumn when the trees change colors, but the winter looks good on it too.

 

You can visit the park catching a bus 20 or tram 12 or by taking all westbound lines (T-bane) to Majorstuen station.

Be sure not to miss it while in Oslo!

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