Today visited “Ole Bull Museum Lysøen” with a friend of mine. Ole Bornemann Bull was a world-renowned virtuoso violinist and composer. The Lysøen museum consists of the Ole Bull’s villa, a 17th century farm settlement.
Ole Bull’s summerhouse on Lysøen was constructed in the years 1872-73, and is quite unique in Norwegian architectural history. His “little Alhambra,” as he called it, is considered a high point of Norwegian historicism. With its onion domes and exotic ornamentals both exteriorly and inside the high ceiling of the music hall – all assiduously carved out of Norwegian pine – the villa emerges like a dream of a blue fairytale castle. The villa is open for guided tours. The tour takes you through the music hall, Ole Bull’s bedroom, the ancestors’ gallery, and the sitting rooms below ground.
For my Indian friends: Shri Sarada Math, Calcutta has published a book on the second wife of Ole Bull, “Saint Sara (The Life of Sara Chapman Bull The American Mother of Swami Vivekananda)”.
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