The Manor from 1665
In 1658 there was a wedding between Norway’s wealthiest heir, Karen Mowat and a poor but proud Danish nobleman. Karen Mowat and Ludvig Rosenkrantz were given the farm Hatteberg as a wedding present. They built their home here, and called it Rosendal. It was finished in 1665.
King Christian V of Denmark-Norway gave the estate status as a barony in 1678. There were more than five hundred farms in its domain. Rosendal was an entailed estate owned by the Rosenkrone family from 1745 to 1927, when it was donated to the University of Oslo.
Guided tour at the Manor
A guided tour at Baroniet Rosendal is a tour through different epochs. The rooms are influenced by owners over 250 years, and the manor is preserved as a home – the way it was when the last owners left in 1927.
The Library is the only room in Norway kept in its entirety from the 16-hundreds. It is clothed in rich French tapestry from the 1660s. This tapestry is the only one of its kind still on the original walls.
In the Dining Room you can admire some of the oldest Meissen and Royal Danish china kept in Norway.
In the Red Room you will meet the grand and beautiful Norwegian nature, painted by the greatest Norwegian lanscape painters from the nationalromantic period. Here are paintings by J.C. Dahl, H.F. Gude, M. Møller, A. Askevold and others. There is also a female portrait painted in the 1880s by Edvard Munch.
The Yellow Room has a norwegian empire-style interior, including some of the most precious empire furniture in the country. The furnitur was made by Abraham Bøe from Bergen around 1820.