Karl Johan - Oslo, Norway
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 59° 55.006 E 010° 43.731
32V E 596666 N 6643404
Quick Description: Karl Johan was King of both Sweden and Norway.
Location: Oslo, Norway
Date Posted: 5/14/2012 10:58:14 PM
Waymark Code: WMEE67
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 18

Long Description:
This sculpture is located in front of the Royal Palace in Oslo.
Wikipedia's article on the statue (visit link) informs us:

"Karl Johan-monumentet er en rytterstatue av den svensk-norske kongen Karl III Johan på Slottsplassen i Oslo. Statuen, som står foran Slottet med blikket mot Karl Johans gate, er utført av Brynjulf Bergslien. Den blei avduka 7. september 1875, på dagen 57 år etter at Karl Johan blei krona i Nidarosdomen (1818).

Statuen, som er i bronse, viser Karl Johan i svensk marskalkuniform med sverd opphengt i Serafimerordenens bånd. Kongen bærer Sverdordenen og Karl XIIIs orden. Hesten er nettopp stansa, og den stamper med venstre forbein, mens kongen hilser med uniformshatten, en tosnutet bikorn. På den ene sida av sokkelen, som er i grovkorning grefsensyenitt fra Oslofeltet, står inskripsjonen «"Folkets kjærlighed min belönning."». På den andre sida står det «Det norske folk reiste dette minde.»."

which Google translates as:
"Karl Johan Monument is an equestrian statue of the Swedish-Norwegian king Karl III Johan on Palace Square in Oslo. The statue, which stands in front of the castle with his eyes to Karl Johans gate, is conducted by Brynjulf ??Bergslien. It was unveiled on 7 september 1875, the day 57 years after Karl Johan was crowned in Nidaros Cathedral (1818).

The statue, which is of bronze, shows Karl Johan in Swedish marshal uniform with a sword suspended by Seraphim band. King carries Sword Templar and Karl XIII's okay. The horse has just stopped, and the tubs left foreleg, while the king greets with uniform hat, a tosnutet bikorn. On one side of the base, which is in grovkorning grefsensyenitt from the Oslo Rift, is the inscription "" Obsession Love's my reward. "'. On the other side it says "The Norwegian people traveled this minde.»."

Wikipedia's article on the monarch (visit link) tells us:

"Charles XIV & III John, also Carl John, Swedish and Norwegian: Karl Johan (26 January 1763 – 8 March 1844) was King of Sweden (as Charles XIV John) and King of Norway (as Charles III John) from 1818 until his death. Before he became king, he was also the Sovereign Prince of Pontecorvo, in Southern Italy, between 1806 and 1810.
He was born Jean Bernadotte, distinguished from a namesake brother by the addition of Baptiste and had the full name of Jean Baptiste Jules Bernadotte by the time Karl also was added upon his Swedish adoption in 1810. He did not use Bernadotte in Sweden but founded the royal dynasty there by that name.
French by birth, Bernadotte served a long career in the French Army. He was appointed as a Marshal of France by Napoleon I, though the two had a turbulent relationship. His service to France ended in 1810, when he was elected the heir-presumptive to the Swedish throne because the Swedish royal family was dying out with King Charles XIII. Baron Carl Otto Mörner (22 May 1781 – 17 August 1868), who was a Swedish courtier, and obscure member of the Diet, advocated for the succession."
Identity of Rider: Karl Johan

Identity of Horse: unknown

Name of artist: Brynjulf Bergslien

Date of Dedication: 9/7/1875

Material: Bronze

Unusual Features: ???

Position: One Hoof Raised

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