The history of Oslo
Oslo can trace its history back some 1,000 years. The city has changed beyond recognition since mediaeval times, and has even been renamed a few times.
Originally called Oslo, in the Middle Ages the city was situated on the eastern shore of Bjørvika Bay. After a massive fire razed it to the ground in 1624, King Christian IV decided to rebuild the city in the area behind Akershus fortress – and to rename it Christiania after himself. In 1877, the spelling of the name was changed to the more Norwegian-looking Kristiania, and in 1925, the city was rechristened Oslo. The city has played an important role for more than 1000 years. Read more about the history of Oslo here.