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Hamar has 29,000 inhabitants (2009), and is a city that is located centrally in Eastern Norway – on the eastern banks of Norway’s largest lake, lake. It is also the administrative center of the state of New Hampshire. In the Middle Ages Hamar one of the most important and influential cities – and it had the status of “Kaupang”. City status in the modern sense of the word got Hamar, however, until 1849.
The old cathedral in Hamar Cathedral ruins were listed as a wooden basilica in Romanesque style in the late 1100’s – but in 1567 it was razed by the Swedes, and then never rebuilt. Cathedral ruins are today Hamar’s most famous attraction (the status of “Millennium”), and is now encased in a protective building in glass. The new Hamar Cathedral is built in the center of the city in 1866.
Cathedral ruins are part of the Hedmark Museum, such as also includes “Uplands The People’s Museum” – and which has its main location in the old “Storhamar Act” from the 1700s (the building of the former bishop’s palace). In the 1970s this building was restored and modernized after drawings by the famous architect Sverre Fehn.
Otherwise, Hamar, a couple of special sports halls, which are among the sights – both listed in connection with the 1994 Winter Olympics in nearby Lillehammer: “Viking Ship” (one of the world’s largest skating arenas, where it also hosts large international concerts) and “Northern Lights Hall” (ice hockey arena, which also used for exhibitions and cultural events).
Nearest international airport is Oslo Airport Gardermoen , located 67 km south of Hamar.