A German-built tunnel built on Hovedøya during World War II has been reopened 75 years after the end of the war.
“On Hovedøya, we mark the war anniversary by opening a historic facility built by the German occupying power. The reopening of the tunnel gives us an insight into a part of history we must never forget,” says Arild Hermstad, City Councilor for Environment and Transport, in a press release.
The tunnel has been closed since the postwar period. In connection with the construction of a new water and sewer line, the City Environment Agency took the initiative to reopen the facility in collaboration with Byantikvaren.
“This is an important step in preserving the city’s cultural heritage and seeing the potential for gaining knowledge of archaeological cultural heritage from recent times in Oslo,” says Urban Development Councilor Hanna E. Marcussen.
The press release confirms that the facility had been used as a shelter in connection with air strikes and storage of weapons and other equipment. The tunnel is about 200 meters long and goes 15 meters below the ground at its deepest. German gas mask containers, some furniture and some Norwegian post-war rubbish were found there, according to the City Environment Agency.
It is possible for those interested to look inside the tunnel. It is secured with a lattice fence, but will be opened on special occasions and events.
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