During the middle ages the city of Oslo had its center in Gamlebyen. This area is often called Old Town. From around the 12th century through 1624, when a great fire destroyed the area, almost all of the development of the Old Town area was between the areas of Bjorvika, Ekebergasen, Galgeberg, and Gronland.
There are many medieval ruins in this area and most of them have been preserved. This includes the remains of Maria Church (Mariakirken), as well as the Royal Manor (Kongsgarden), and Clemens Church (Clemenskirken). There is now a medieval park located next to the St. Hallvard Cathedral ruins.
It is in this area where visitors can find many reminders of the middle Ages. This includes the Bishop’s residence and the Oslo Manor. Gamlebyen suffered from a fair amount of traffic for several years after the Second World War. Since this time there have been strict regulations put in place. Gamlebyen is now experiencing great new prosperity. In Bjorvika there is a new town development in place. These plans include the construction of a new opera house. The commercial buildings and homes are now being restored.
During the excavations there have been numerous new things found including the timber house remains and a fair amount of utensils and decorative items.
Gamlebyen Photo Gallery
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