Exploring Downtown Oslo

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    06 Dec 2018
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    City Hall Square

    City Hall Square
    Exploring Downtown Oslo

    Welcome to Oslo – the capital of Norway.

    You should be standing in City Hall Square, close to the water by the port of Oslo.

    Standing with your back to the water, in front of you is a fountain with a statue on top. Behind it is a large red brick building with two towers. This is Oslo City Hall, the administrative heart of the city.

    By the way, my name is Lars, and through VoiceMap it’s my pleasure to keep you company today, through the highlights of Oslo.

    Before we get going, turn your attention to the City Hall.

    The building was designed by the architects Magnus Poulsson and Arnstein Arneberg. Construction began in 1931, and was completed 19 years later, with some interruptions during the second world war.

    Have a look at the towers above the hall.

    The right tower contains 49 bells, playing a melody every hour, as an amusement to the population. The melody changes all the time, usually playing whatever song is currently popular in Norway.

    So, let's get going!

    Facing the City Hall, turn to your left and start walking across the square.

    While you walk, I'll briefly explain how VoiceMap works.

    It uses your location to play audio automatically, at the right time and place. This means that you can put your phone away now. Don't worry if I'm silent for a while, when I'm not giving directions or telling stories. There's a map on your screen if you ever feel lost, and if you do get off track without noticing, VoiceMap will let you know.

    Keep going. You're heading towards the Nobel Peace Center. It's the two storey white building directly ahead of you.