You can find on this page the Oslo old map to print and to download in PDF. The Oslo historical map and the vintage map of Oslo present the past and evolutions of the city of Oslo in Norway.

Oslo historical map

Map of Oslo historical

The Oslo old map shows evolutions of Oslo city. This historical map of Oslo will allow you to travel in the past and in the history of Oslo in Norway. The Oslo ancient map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.

Oslo has been regarded as the capital city since the reign of King Haakon V (1299–1319), the first king to reside permanently in the historical city of Oslo. He also started the construction of the Akershus Castle as you can see in Oslo historical map. A century later, Norway was the weaker part in a personal union with Denmark, and Oslo role was reduced to that of provincial administrative centre, with the monarchs residing in Copenhagen. The fact that the University of Oslo was founded as late as 1811 had an adverse effect on the development of the nation. Oslo was destroyed several times by fire, and after the fourteenth calamity, in 1624, King Christian IV of Denmark and Norway ordered it rebuilt at a new site across the bay, near Akershus Castle and given the name Christiania. Long before this, Christiania had started to establish its stature as a centre of commerce and culture in Norway.

The part of the historical city built starting in 1624 is now often called Kvadraturen because of its orthogonal layout. The last plague outbreak ravaged Oslo in 1654. In 1814 Christiania once more became a real capital when the union with Denmark was dissolved as its shown in Oslo historical map. Many landmarks were built in the 19th century, including the Royal Palace (1825–1848); Stortinget (the Parliament) (1861–1866), the University, Nationaltheatret and the Stock Exchange. Among the world-famous artists who lived here during this period were Henrik Ibsen and Knut Hamsun (the latter was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature). In 1850, Christiania also overtook Bergen and became the most populous city in the country. In 1877 the city was renamed Kristiania. The original name of Oslo was restored in 1925.

Under the reign of King Olav Kyrre, Oslo became a cultural centre for Eastern Norway. St. Hallvard became the city patron saint and is depicted on the city historical seal. In 1174, Hovedøya Abbey (Hovedøya kloster) was built. The churches and abbeys became major owners of large tracts of land, which proved important for the city economic development, especially before the Black Death as its mentioned in Oslo historical map. During the Middle Ages, Oslo reached its heights in the reign of King Haakon V. He started the building of Akershus Castle and was also the first king to reside permanently in the city, which helped to make Oslo the capital of Norway.

Oslo vintage map

Map of Oslo antique

The Oslo vintage map give a unique insight into the history and evolution of Oslo city. This vintage map of Oslo with its antique style will allow you to travel in the past of Oslo in Norway. The Oslo vintage map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.

In the end of the 12th century, Hanseatic traders from Rostock moved into the vintage city and gained major influence in the city. The Black Death came to Norway in 1349 and, like other cities in Europe, the city suffered greatly. The churches earnings from their land also dropped so much that the Hanseatic traders dominated the city foreign trade in the 15th century. Over the years, fire destroyed major parts of the city many times, as many of the city buildings were built entirely of wood. After the last fire in 1624, which lasted for three days, King Christian IV decided that the old city should not be rebuilt again. His men built a network of roads in Akershagen near Akershus Castle as you can see in Oslo vintage map. He demanded that all citizens should move their shops and workplaces to the newly built city of Christiania. The transformation of the city went slowly for the first hundred years. Outside the city, near Vaterland and Grønland near Gamle Oslo a new, unmanaged part of the city grew up with citizens of low status.

In the 18th century, after the Great Northern War, the city economy boomed with shipbuilding and trade. The strong economy transformed Christiania into a trading port. In the 19th century, several state institutions were established and the city role as a capital intensified. Christiania expanded its industry from 1840, most importantly around Akerselva. The expansion prompted the authorities to construct several important buildings, most of which remain as tourist attractions. There was a brief building boom from 1880, with many new houses, but the boom collapsed in 1889 as its shown in Oslo vintage map. Auctioning off of children was prohibited by law (Fattigloven) in 1900, as a result of court cases related to children having died/been killed. The kommune developed new areas such as Ullevål Hageby (1918–1926) and Torshov (1917–1925).

City Hall was constructed in the former slum area of Vika, from 1931–1950. The municipality of Aker was incorporated into Oslo in 1948, and suburbs were developed, such as Lambertseter (from 1951) as its mentioned in Oslo vintage map. Aker Brygge was constructed on the site of the former shipyard Akers Mekaniske Verksted, from 1982–1998. On 22 July 2011, Oslo was hit by a bomb blast that ripped through the city central government district, also damaging Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg office while he was absent and the nearby Ministry of Petroleum. The terrorist blast killed at least eight people prior to a shooting spree on the island of Utøya on lake Tyrifjorden, which killed 69 youths participating in a Norwegian Labour Party youth camp. The culprit is Anders Behring Breivik.