Christiania map & places of interest

Places in Christiania that Anne mentions while there.
(Map from 1840 by unknown – edited by Y.Haugen)
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1) Hotel du Nord (Anne and Ann’s hotel in Christiania)
2) Akershus festning /castle
3) J. Dahl (bookshop)
4) J.W. Cappelen (bookshop)
5) University (Nat. history et al.)
– Zoology collection (the birds) – “1 1/2 hour there seeing the birds”
Musée of Northern antiquities
6) P. J. Hoppe’s bookshop“Then to Hoppe’s for pencils English for Ann”
7) Cathedral (Domkirken)
8) Grûnings Løkke
Royal Palace
10) Guldberg & Dzwonkowski
11) Botanic Garden

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Torvet, the Cathedral and Hoppe’s

Christiania Torv – the main square or market is just a couple of blocks from Hotel du Nord, where Anne and Ann stayed when in Christiania. The cathedral is situated at one end of the market, and Hoppe’s is right nearby. This market – now Stortorvet – is still there and a popular spot for buying blants, flowers and vegetables in summer.

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Day 2 – Arriving at Christiania (Oslo) from the South East


Detailed map of route from Svinesund to Soner [Såner]
Smaalehnenes Amt, Ramm & Munthe (1826)

The first public record of Hafslund dates to 1344, at which time the farm was crown property. Hafslund Manor dates from 1761. Read more…

Glommen [Glomma]
The Glomma, is Norway’s longest and most voluminous river. With a total length of 621 kilometres (386 miles), it has a drainage basin that covers fully 13% of Norway’s surface area, all in the southern part of the country.
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Korsegården used to be situated at
what is currently a highway crossing, “the Korsegård-crossing” or Korsegårdskrysset, by the E6 in Ås, Akershus. Read more about Korsegården

Såner kirke

Såner church
Såner church as it would have looked when Anne and Ann saw it. Inset is Anne’s sketch in her journal.

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Archeological finds suggest that there were settlements in the area more than 7,000 years ago and continuously through the Iron Age, Viking Age, through to modern times. Read more about the town Moss


The view of Christiania from the South East – Ekeberg
(August Boesen, early 1800)

Day 3 – Christiania

The ad for a guide placed by Guldberg & Dzwonkowski. (Anne and Ann never traveled to the Northern part of Norway, this could have been a miscommunication.)


  • Guldberg and Dzwonkowski prove to be an important connection in Christiania. The two men went into publishing and opened a music- and bookshop 1835. The bookshop was situated on the corner of Storgaten and Youngsgate at the time Anne Lister visited Christiania. More…
  • Georg Henrich Jæger (or Henrik George Jæger) born 1817 in Arendal, was an assosiate at Guldberg & Dzwonkowskis. In 1842 he apparently left Christiania for Copenhagen where he established the bookstore/puplisher Skandinavisk Boghandler.
  • “The professor of mineralogy” is likely Professor Jens Rathke:

Professor Jens Rathke (1769-1855), born in Christiania, Norwgian scientist (primarily Zoology). 1813-45, Norway’s first professor of natural history and taught zoology, botany and mineralogy. He also was head of the botanic garden on Tøyen in Christiania. He left his fortune and papers to the University of Oslo (Christiania) which provides scholarships and stipends to young scientists traveling in order to research Norse plants and wildlife.

Maps, places

The musee (Natural history and zoology) with “the birds” was in Mariboegården.

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The Cathedral (Oslo Domkirke) lay at one end of the market / Torvet, up the street from Hotel du Nord. Read more…

Map of Christiania (Oslo)

Map of Christiania from 1840 by unknown artist. Edited to highight the spots of interest from Anne’s travel journal

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