Tuesday, March 31, 2009

K is for Kristiansand in ABC Wednesday

Why should I make a post about Kristiansand in this series when I am born and bred in Bergen? There are very good reasons for this:

  • It is Norway's filth largest city with about 80.000 inhabitants.
  • It was founded by the Danish-Norwegian King Christian IV. ("Kristian Kvart") in 1641
  • It is beautifully situated in the best part of Summer Norway.
  • I once lived and worked there.
  • I now have a daughter living and working there.
The panorama picture above shows only part of the city. The picture is dominated by a hill on a peninsula called Odderøya. It was once a Naval Fort and served as a training camp for coastal defence artillery until 1997. After that it has been most famous as the site for the Quart Musical Festival ("Quarten").

The map shows more or less the same, but now with the sea at the bottom. To the right in the map is the Eastern harbour and mainly residential areas, while to the left is the Western harbour with the older part of the city - Kvadraturen. This part of the city was more or less laid down by the king himself with all the streets in in a square pattern.

The main shopping street in Kvadraturen in Kristiansand is called "Markens gate", or locally "Markens". This is just a small part of it. The picture was taken in the beginning of May 2008.

There are also quiet residential areas in Kvadraturen. This is from one of the streets leading up to Kristiansand Domkirke (The Cathedral in Kristiansand).

The church dates from 1884 (the one before was destroyed by fire) and is one of the largest in Norway as it has a capacity of 1500 seated - initially 2000 seated and 1000 standing.

Kristiansand has also its own ship, the full-rigged ship "Sørlandet", one of the three large sailing ships left in Norway. She dates from 1927 - and beautiful she is (for a picture of her at sea, look here).

It you enter Kristiansand in your own vessel, chances are that you will moor in this area, beside Christiansholm Festning (The Fortress of Christiansholm) which dates back to 1672

But Kristiansand has more: It has Norway's largest and best known zoological and amusement park, Dyreparken i Kristiansand ( Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park). There you might meet someone like this. The picture is courtesy my youngest daughter.

Kristiansand is also a communication centre with airport and ferries to Denmark (formerly also to England). The main route is European Route E18, which according to Wikipedia:
European route E18 runs from Craigavon in the United Kingdom to Saint Petersburg in Russia, passing through Norway, Sweden, and Finland. It is about 1,890 km (1,174 mi) in length.

Such mighty bridges can of course be seen from the sea level - we are in a boat-concious area after all.

And where there is a sea there is a bird...


Today's post is an entry in the fourth round of ABC Wednesday, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt.


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48 comments:

imac said...

Beautiful, as your photos always are.

Liv said...

Kristiansand er en flott by, den har mye å by på. Her du virkelig tatt oss med på en fin byvandring. Takk skal du ha!

ArneA said...

Er svært lite kjent i Kr.sand.
Ankommet fra Danmark dit en gang for mange år siden.
Takk for turen.

PERBS said...

What a neat tour! I enjoyed seeing the bridge the most.

Anemone said...

Spennende guiding gjennom den byen, takk skal du ha Rune.
Som Arne sier, dette er nok en by jeg er lite kjent i også.
Kom meg faktisk gjennom årene som småbarnsmor uten å besøke den kaptein Sabeltann greia, he he

Det skulle vært billigere feriert i eget land, da hadde en vel kunne dratt litt mer rundt. Men den som helt klart er ferdig med telt på campinplasser blir det fort dyre desverre :-(

Flott post da, og nå føles det jo som om jeg har vært der også .-)

naturglede said...

Yes! Dette var da et supert innlegg. Så variert og flott!Ha en fin abc:)

Ida said...

Flott rundtur i Kristiansand, gjennom bildene dine.
Kristiansand er vel sommerbyen fremfor noen i landet vårt ja.
Dyreparken er vel verdt ett besøk. Der kan barna virkelig kose seg, mens vi andre knipser bilder, ikke sant? Jeg har ett bilde av en vakker svane fra Kristiansand også. Kanskje det er den samme som du viser her...? ;)

Ønsker deg en hyggelig bloggrunde gjennom bokstaven K. :)

mrsnesbitt said...

What a fantastic tour! Thanks so much for participating! Much appreciated. Dx

Carolina said...

Well, you've sold Kristiansand to me ;-)

Miss_Yves said...

The size and the angles of view of your photos are fantastic!Beautiful tour !

richies said...

Looks like a great place to visit.

An Arkies Musings

Reader Wil said...

We often came through Kristiansand when we came from Hirtshals in Denmark. It's beautiful. I especially like the photo with the tall ship.
Thank you for sharing and extra information on Kristiansand. Thank you for visiting my blog. Yes taking leave is very, very difficult. The older you get the more you have to say good bye to a loved one for ever.
Next time for "L" I take Lillehammer! I have been there several times and I have very great memories that town.

Ida said...

Takk for kommentar, tips og gode råd.
Skal sjekke det opp.
Hagavik har jeg hørt mye positivt om, ja.
Skal sjekke den muligheten også.
Jeg er nok ei veldig snill frue, til vanlig, men denne saken irriterer meg, og jeg lever med den hver eneste dag!
Jeg har hatt ustabile kneskåler fra jeg var liten. Det andre kneet er operert for samme skade.
Det siste her burde være nok til at de tok tak i "saken" på en annen måte fra begynnelsen av.
Det verste er kanskje at drømmejobben forsvinner ut av bildet for meg.
Kunne begynt nå, på Sotra hagesenter.

Og du, jeg har jobbet innen helsevesenet selv. ;)
Nr. 1 for meg er omsorg og empati!

Her fikk visst du ett hjertesukk til fra meg.... ;)

Anna said...

Thanks for such an interesting and informative post. You have given me yet another reason to visit Norway again one day.

ramblingwoods.com said...

Wow!!! What a wonderful post about Kristiansand....Thank you!!!

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Tack för en trevlig sightseeing tur i vackra Kristiansand!

Fina foton Rune.

Tyra

THE GREENHOUSE IN TYRA'S GARDEN

RuneK said...

Her er det bare å løfte på hatten og takke pent for turen Rune! Flotters post om Kr.sand du har laget her! :o)

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Ja, jeg har ikke vært på SWF på et par ganger nå, så jeg tenkte jeg fikk starte litt tidligere denne gangen :) Takkr så mye for kommentar!

Life with Kaishon said...

What a fun place to be a part of : ). I am glad your city is so much fun! very beautiful!

Granny Smith said...

Beautiful photos of a beautiful city. Your photography captures the essential character of the various components.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Kristiansand has so much to offer and I don't remember hearing about it before. Hmm. Do you work for the Kristiansand Tourist Board? You should. ;-)

Babooshka said...

My head is spinning with so much info and such a visual treat. I'm a hot country person but you make me want to brave a colder climate.

Tumblewords: said...

Ohmigosh! I love this place - walking in the street, parking one's boat in such a beautiful area, the architecture which is glorious. I love it!

photowannabe said...

How beautiful. Thanks for the interesting tour and the gorgeous photos. Perfect choice for the letter K.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Thank you for this.. I have not heard of this place before but I think Kristiansand seems to hold it's own beaty..

Tom

Carol said...

What a beautiful series of photos....and I enjoyed the tour...love the city street with the ship at the end...

Lew said...

You covered "K" very well! As always, excellent images and I enjoyed learning a little more about Norway.

spacedlaw said...

Thanks for the tour!

Malyss said...

What an interesting post! I like the idea of this road travelling through Europe; I'd like to drive on it one day, it's a good idea for a journey. I think I already saw the ship, the "Sorlandet", in an international meeting for big ships. About the city itself, what I like in your country is the fact that, even if you're in a town, the nature, (the woods, the sea..) is never far away.I also like this small and very old round castel which could survive through centuries.To live there must be a pleasure for your daughter, the quality of life seems to be high..

J said...

that looks like a beautiful town to visit and live in. And again, that tempting road to drive from the uk to russia...what an experience that would be1

pictureeachday said...

Kristiansand looks like a beautiful city! Thank you for taking us on such a lovely tour :D

Michele said...

Terrific place, I know where I would go to visit!! The view of the ship down at the road is impressive! What a sight!

Anne-Berit said...

Dette var et fantastisk fint innlegg Rune.En virkelig flott by som jeg aldri har besøkt,men den står på ønskelista over byer jeg har lyst til å besøke.Mine barn skryter fælt av hvor fint det er å feriere der,så vi må vel prøve det snart!
Ha en fin dag!

oldmanlincoln said...

I like your photographic record. They are all nice. The church must be huge. I can't imagine that many people in any church.

John said...

Takk for rundturen. Jeg var på Odderøya i grønt antrekk i 3mnd i 85 :) Meget velgjort post og flotte bilder.

Sigma 10-20 til 3500 nytt er billig.
Fotovideo som visst skal være importøren tar 4.990. Jeg ga 3.600 selv på Lefdal og syntes jeg hadde gjort en god handel.

kadermo said...

Tack för rundturen. Mycket itnressant information och fantastiska foton som vanligt.

Katney said...

And besides, Bergen does not start with a K. I love the photo tour, and especially the giraffe. They are my favorites and now I want to go to the zoo.

Gordon said...

Thanks for the tour; once again - very beautiful photos.

Dulce said...

A nice post indeed! I would like someday to visit your country. I have the time but not enough money to do it :-)

Have a nice Wednesday

Dragonstar said...

A beautiful, fascinating post. The Sorlandet is a lovely looking ship - so graceful.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Wonderful "K" post, Rune! The city should hire you to encourage tourism; I'd go! Kristiansand, from your photos, seems a place I would really like to visit. Love the sailing ship and your daughter's photo of the giraffe.

Jay said...

Looks like a beautiful place! And how lovely to see that graceful ship right at the bottom of the street!

AVCr8teur said...

The main street area makes it look like a lively town. The picture with the ship reminds me of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Your giraffe has a sense of humor. It looks like he was trying to tell you something.

Jeni said...

Why indeed should you post about this beautiful city? Well, if you hadn't done that then I would never have had the chance to see these wonderful photos of such magnificent places! Post away, my good man, please!!!

Barbara Martin said...

Wonderful post and this time better than ever with the historical added. Each time I visit, RuneE, I learn a little more about your country.

Ellea said...

Jeg kom inn på bloggen din via TurboLotte. Takk for fantastisk reklame for hjembyen min:-)

Mete said...

Takk for en deilig tur i og rundt byen som har vært min hjemby de siste 18 årene!
Et fantastisk godt innlegg og flotte bilder!
God påske!

AnitaH2 said...

How great choices of pictures! I actually had to think twice of a few of them, although I have had the majoryty and the best of my years here!

I was especially happy to see the ship Sørlandet, now that the town is preparing for Tall Ships Races 2010. http://www.tsrkristiansand.no/hoved.aspx?m=2

Karelia said...

Beautiful city. I was in Kristiansand last year for 2 months.
Excellent photos! ;)