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Sarpsborg

Sarpsborg was founded by King Olav in the year 1016. This makes the town the third oldest in Norway. The history of Sarpsborg can actually be traced back over 7000 years as there were primitive fortifications, rock carvings, stone monuments, and burial mounds found in this area. The Viking ship Tuneskipet, which dates back to about 900 AD was unearthed at nearby Tune. 

The waterfall Sarpsfossen and the Glomma river was the mainstay of commercial development for Sarpsborg. These rivers were used to float timber down to the sawmills. The river harbor was to become the 2nd largest timber port during the 19th century. The timber industry remains important to the town. 

In the year 1929, the Borgarsyssel museum was opened. This museum is located where King Olav had his castle. You can see the ruins of the castle as well as the Nikolaskirken church that dates back to 1115. Steinhoggerhallen shows the medieval stonework from the area. The main building of the museum is called the Ostfoldgalleriet. This building offers collections of industrial products including rococostyle earthenware, arts, crafts, and folk art all from the area. 

Outside of the museum there is a monastic garden that contains herbs. In the open air section of the museum you will find a number of historic houses including a dwelling house for a workman. St. Olav’s Vold, which was built in the 1840s contains 20 apartments that each have a kitchen and one room. 

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