Radhuset is the city hall in Oslo, Norway. This is the home for the city administration, the city council, and art galleries and art studios. The construction for the building began in 1931, but was halted because of the outbreak of the 2nd World War. It was officially inaugurated in 1950. The art work, the architecture, and the ceremony for the Nobel Peace Prize, makes it one of the most famous buildings in Oslo. Magnus Poulsson and Arnstein Arneberg designed the building. Each hour the 49 bell carillion plays. It is located in the eastern tower. Radhuset is located in the central downtown area of Oslow known as Pipervika. This area has been completely renovated and rebuilt in order to create room for a new city hall in the late part of the 1920s. In June of 2005, the city hall was named as the Structure of the Century. It received 30.4% of the votes.
During the early part of the middle ages it seems that there were several halls located throughout the city of Oslo that were given city hall status at one time or another. The early Oslo city hall was erected on the spot where the Oslo market is located today. The old city hall had a vine cellar that the public was given the right to use.
One of the reasons that this building is famous is because each year on the 10th of December, the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held here. This ceremony consists of the annual laureate giving his or her speech and being awarded the diploma and medal. The prime minister and the Norwegian Royal Family attend this event.
Radhuset Photo Gallery
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