- Originally a working-class area, in the last years Grünerlkka has become renowned throughout Norway for its street-life and its large and ever-increasing number of restaurants and bars. One of the things that remain is the Sunday morning toll of the bells in the local church. Paulus Kirke, a Neo-Gothic brick building consecrated in 1892, was constructed by architect Henrik Bull as part of a popular overall design that included the public park of Birkelunden and the public primary school on the opposite side. For this reason the church has the peculiarity of a main entrance facing west, above which is the belfry. Up to 800 churchgoers can be seated in the spacious interior. Occasionally the church hosts the so-called Forum Gatherings, where representatives of religions as varied as Buddhism, Islam or ancient Norse beliefs gather to debate and exchange ideas. The altar painting was made by Christen Brun, and the statue of Christ is a replica modelled by Gunnar O. Alvr of an original by Danish sculptor Thorvaldsen.
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