The picture shows "Bryggen" (the Wharf) in Bergen on a day in November last year. Since I was born and raised in the city of Bergen, this seemed like an obvious B to me. "Bryggen" is one of the oldest remaining parts of the city still standing - at least that which is made out of wood. The city itself was officially founded in 1070 by King Olav Kyrre ("The quiet"), but Bryggen is the remains of what was once "An office" of "The Hansa", the German Union of Cities that ruled much of the trade in Northern Europe for more than 400 years.
It has suffered many fires, the last one in 1955. Before that it looked like this:
The picture is taken shortly after World War 1 and is courtesy of the University Library, Bergen.
At that fire, six of the front houses went up in smoke. They have been rebuilt. The other eleven front houses are from 1702. Altogether there are 61 buildings. They are continuously being restored and the whole of the area was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1972.
If you are interested, you can find some more of my pictures of Bryggen here. Just double-click on the icons.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Published by RuneE kl. 01:00