Thursday, 9 April 2009

Oscarshall Palace to reopen in August

Oscarshall Palace in Oslo, which has been closed for restoration work since 2005, will open to visitors again on 26 August this year. It had been hoped the work would be completed before the start of the summer season, but this was not possible. Therefore Oscarshall will only be open between 26 August and 30 September this year.
The neo-Gothic pleasure palace was built between 1847 and 1852 by the architect Johan Henrik Nebelong for King Oscar I and Queen Josephina of Sweden and Norway. Situated on the peninsula Bygdøy it can be easily reached by bus from the centre of Oslo in 10-15 minutes and now that modern facilities have been added Oscarshall will hopefully attract many visitors.
More on Oscarshall Palace at the Royal Court's website (in English):

In Aftenposten on 18 March Poul J. Neubert, who was earlier attached to the Royal Court's Department of Royal Properties, expressed concern over how the restoration has been carried out, particularly the use of materials and techniques:

His criticism was rejected as unfounded by Nils Marstein, Director General of the Directorate for Cultural Heritage:

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