Drammen is an old city in Norway. There have been rock carvings found in the area that date back 6000 to 7000 years. These carvings are the first sign of human activity in the Drammen area. The largest carving in the area shows a moose.
The city was once made up of 3 seaports, Bragernes, which was on the north side of the river, Tangen and Sromso, which are both on the south side of the river. Small seaports were placed near market towns for trading purposes. Despite being so close geographically, Bragernes was placed with Christiania and Sromso was placed under Tonsberg.
In the year 1662, there was a merger proposed in order to unite Bragernes and Stromso as a market place named Frederiksstrom. This was rejected. Finally in the year 1811, the two were merged into a market town.
The unique geography of Drammen makes it ideal for shipbuilding, seafaring, the timber trade, and log driving as well as the paper and the pulp industry. Most of the paper and the pulp factories were shut down during the 1960s.
There are several attractions in Drammen including the Aass Brewery this is the oldest brewery of the country and it has won awards not only for its beer, but also for the conservative building. It was founded in the year 1834.
The Drammen Bridge was built in 1971 and is a box girder bridge. The city bridge is made out of concrete and attaches the 2 town centers. It was built in the year 1936.
There is a museum in the city as well. The Museum for Art and Cultural history includes a manor house called Marienlyst farm. The home was built around 1770. The museum building is from the year 1930. It holds the administration for the museum as well as the permanent collections and exhibitions.
The Drammen Theater was built in the year 1869. Emil Victor Langlet designed the theater. It was the first modern theater of Norway. The design is a renaissance style with round arched windows and symmetrical facades. The theater was destroyed by a fire in the year 1993 and a new theater was built using a model of the original. It was completed in the year 1997.
Drammen Photo Gallery
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