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Gamlehaugen
Gamlehaugen in Bergen is the King's official residence in the city. The building is owned by the state. It is managed by Statsbygg West and H.M. The king has the right disposition.
The property, located outside the City center near Troldhaugen, was purchased by shipping magnate Christian Michelsen in 1898 and was completed as a private residence at the turn of the century.

Christian Michelsen was prime minister when Parliament dissolved the union with Sweden and chose the Danish Prince Carl to the Norwegian throne in 1905.
Christian Michelsen died in 1925. The property was then taken over by the state.

Architecture
Gamlehaugen was designed by architect Jens Zetlitz Monrad Kielland in 1899, who was educated in Germany. The building combined fortress and castle in a way that gave associations to the two different areas: the Loire Valley many 1500-century castle and the Scottish castles with towers. Architect Kielland did not copy, but used the principles and let them have modern details from the contemporary Art Nouveau.

When you step into this palace with his French and Scottish associations, there are major contrasts between the exterior and interior. The exterior promises something completely different than the interior can meet. For when you step into the hall - a grand stair hall on two floors - one is neither in Scotland or the French Renaissance, but in the Norway Mon dreamed around the turn of the century - a Norway that has recaptured its medieval heyday.

The contrast between the outer and inner are pursued in the rest of the interior. It is obvious that the interior and furnishings shall suggest the aristocratic palace, including Rococo and Neo-Renaissance furniture, Holland Baroque and neo-baroque, and on both the music room, library and garden room.

Park
Around Gamlehaugen there is a beautiful park in the English design, with lush and rich variety of different shrubs, plants and trees. The park is open to the public and is a favorite spot for recreational swimming and walking.
The park is 200 meters wide and 900 meters long.

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