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Panorama picture from Hamar Municipality in Norway


This is one of Norway's finest and most comprehensive mediaeval museums, created around the ruins of the 13th century cathedral priory which was sacked by the Swedes in 1567. In the museum barn, built on the foundations of the old bishop's palace, the architecturally acclaimed reconstruction now houses permanent exhibitions of artefacts from the Iron Age, the Middle Ages and the post-Reformation era. In the summertime, a mediaeval market-place is reconstructed, and outdoor church services are held. In the beautiful lakeside park more than 50 old buildings from the surrounding districts have been re-erected to create the atmosphere of the rural past. There are guided walks through the park during the summer months, and evening lectures throughout the year.

The park can also boast one of Norway's largest herb gardens, with more than 30 different varieties. This is one of the museum's most popular attractions, and has given rise to an active group of herb ethusiasts who cultivate their hobby through talks and lectures, demonstrations, plant swapping, culinary evenings and so on. The museum is situated in a beautiful park land area sloping gently down to the shores of Lake Mjøsa. The large lawns, ancient trees, and long beaches make this park - the historic centre of Hamar - a popular area for picnics, sunbathing and all sorts of outdoor activities.