Kulturkirken Jacob is an old (built in 1875) neo gothic building which in 2000 was turned into a genuine location for cultural events in the heart of Oslo. Situated at the ‘confluence’ of Grünerløkka with Gamlebyen, the church hosts everything from concerts to art exhibitions, theater plays, not limited to religious themes. It feels like the main purpose is to promote the arts and culture, regardless of its form.
The building has a capacity of about 500 people, making it a decent crowd for a live performance, while the acoustics offered by the building’s shape and its height of 18 meters totally enhances the sound experience. For visual arts there is a 250 m2 exhibition room with an optional bar, so all in all a rather unexpected offer – for me at least – that can hardly be guessed by simply looking at the church walls from outside.
For a glimpse at the interior, they even have a 360 virtual tour on their website here. The place can be rented for various private events and I am pretty sure it would lead to pretty unique memories for the attendees. Note that it is not open for regular visits outside arrangements listed on the church’s program page.