The Opera House in Oslo

Many times before you visit a city you make a mental list of all of the things you want to see there.  For me, the list is typically quite short, with one or two famous and world-known landmarks as ‘must-visits’ and the rest of my time is spent attempting to enjoy a city as a local (this certainly does NOT always happen).  Unfortunately, my time in Oslo this time was extremely short and limited to only a few areas of Oslo and its outskirts, so doing the amount of exploring I wanted to do just didn’t happen.

During the trip, the only touristy sight I was interested in seeing was the Opera House.  Usually the sights I want to see are old and have a lot of history, but the Opera House is quite new, having only opened in 2008.  I don’t know why I wanted to see it…perhaps because most Norwegians I have asked about it in the past told me it was a waste of their tax dollars and they don’t understand its purpose (which left me more intrigued to make my own decision about the place).  However, after seeing it with my own eyes… at least its exterior, I think it is quite beautiful and an architectural masterpiece.  I actually loved it so much I sat on the ledge by the water for a good two hours alone just enjoying the sun and peacefulness (ok…my back was hurting from carrying a book bag all day and I needed a break).

Here are a few photos from the Opera House:

The Opera House in Oslo
Me in front of the Opera House in Oslo
People hanging out at the Opera House in Oslo
Iceberg sculpture in the Oslofjord near the Opera House
Side view of the Oslo Opera House

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Comments (17)

What great pictures and a fun sight to see…I must add this to my travel list! Glad you had such a lovely time and it does look like quite the site! Wow!

Liesl :)

It is beautiful!! The water, so lovely.

That is really beautiful architecture :)

I have to agree…it does look pretty cool! I also understand the local’s feeling about tax dollars. We went through that around here several years back when they decided to build a new baseball stadium. What’s done is done, I guess (and the new stadium is way nicer…and it will have a history of it’s own one day!)

oh my goodness. can i please get married there. it’s so stunning. what an amazing trip. maybe one of the most beautiful building i’ve ever seen. adore. thanks for sharing, love. I’ve got a new post all about pushing your style to the edge. Love to hear what you think. xo

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