From the 1840s onward, the city’s centre started moving west. The Royal Palace was completed in 1848. The street leading up to the palace linked up with Kvadraturen’s Østre gate on Egertorget in 1846. This new street, cutting straight across the square, was named Karl Johans gate after the king, and became the new main street of the city.

Photo: Tove Solbakken / Byantikvaren

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A viewpoint from the main street of Kvadraturen

From the highest point in Karl Johans gate you can see all the way to the Royal Palace to the west and the main railway station to the east.