The Devil of Oslo – Sentrum, Norway - Atlas Obscura

Sentrum, Norway

The Devil of Oslo

In downtown Oslo, a menacing and terrifying relief clings to a church wall.  

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The Oslo Cathedral was consecrated in 1697 and is one of the most famous churches in Norway. The Devil of Oslo, however, is much older. The devil is about 900-years-old and was found among the ruins of St. Hallvard’s Cathedral. The statue was removed from the ruins and grumbled onto the walls of the Oslo Cathedral. The figure depicts a man being attacked on both sides by a dragon and a lion.

Know Before You Go

The Devil of Oslo can be found on the outside of Oslo Cathedral, just right of the main entrance. Look for the first corner facing the statue of King Christian the 4th. 

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