Wednesday, January 30, 2008

B is for Beautiful Bryggen in Bergen


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.

65 comments:

Mr. Mapper said...

Visited Bergen in 91. Beautiful city!

Nessa said...

They look like ginger bread houses.

Peter M said...

I see nothing much as changed since WW1, they are similar houses to the ones I have seen in Rothenburg

dot said...

Beautiful is right! Very colorful.

Neva said...

What a colorful "B"...love your choice. It looks like a lovely place to be.

Pernille's ting og tang said...

For et vakkert bilde av bryggene i Bergen:)

photowannabe said...

Love the shots of Bergen. They look like a picture postcard. I love the colorful houses.

RUTH said...

An interesting post. :o)

ArneA said...

Looking forward to more B = Bergen photos
PR is welcome.

Paulie said...

What a neat idea for B -- birthplace!

Berit said...

Kjemeflott når Bergen bader i sol, tenk det har jeg ikke opplevd enda, det har vært grått hver gang!!

Ida said...

Bryggen is beautiful! I love to walk there! :)

HildeS. said...

Beautiful warm colours at the houses, and a great shot of "Bryggen" in Bergen:)
I am going to visit Bergen in March, and looking forward to it.

Eg er gjerne med på "broer som binder", men kva går dette ut på?

Gordon said...

Very colourful; and a really nice photo. It is great that heritage buildings like these are being maintained.

Dirty Knees said...

Thanks for taking us to Bergen. What a shame so much ha been lost to fires...but how wonderful that many of the buildings are being continuously restored.

Marie said...

Beautiful photos from Bergen! It's a beautiful city! My daughter lives in Bergen.

Kate Isis said...

Its amazing for an australian to see pohotos of houses that have been there since before my country was settled.
Great choice for B

edmundnesbitt said...

Oooooooooooooooooooooooh I think I will be seeing this when I come to Norway on my expedition.
Do you think we could meet up for a cup of tea?
I hope so.
Ooooooooooooooooooh I am so excited.

Love from
Edmund!
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sharon said...

This is a very nice "B" post. The buildings are so pretty and colorful and full of history. I'm glad they are being maintained and not lost.

RuneE said...

Edmundnesbitt: I see no problem with that - just say when!

Andrea said...

Wow, beautiful and colorful.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

It's such a beautiful picture and I'm happy to see them restoring the buildings rather than tearing down and building other structures that do not work with the area. I love history.

DarylE said...

Bryggen is a Beautiful place!

edmundnesbitt said...

hellooooooooooooo again!
Oooooooooooooooh Runee that will be SO good.
I will keep in touch and let you know our itinerary!
I have joined ABC Wednesday too!

Lots of love
Edmund (the explorer) Nesbitt

Liz said...

What a beautiful place! And thank you for the history too.

'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes' said...

OOOhhh how wonderfull Bergen in colour and Bergen in blackandwhite I have once been in Bergen , very nice city!

See what I made the first time for ABC wednesday,I made music combined with photography

Greetings from JoAnn Holland

Gemma said...

Oh yes...that is beautiful!!!Nice to see photos of your part of the world.
:-)

Kerri said...

Wow....What a BEAUTIFUL place to grow up!!!

Great B post!

Dragonstar said...

What a lovely colourful photograph. Thank you for the information, too. I love learning new things from all the bloggers I visit.

Ackworth Born said...

an excellent piece of history - they have done a marvellous job of restoration.

GAWO said...

Bryggen is Beautiful.
Selvfølgelig måtte det blir B for Bryggen. Det tenkte jeg ikke på en gang. Du har et nydelig bilde her og med all informasjon til blir det vireklig interessant.
Bra!!

kml said...

Beautiful lighting in your photo - you grew up in a beautiful place!

Lara said...

wonderful post! and for sure, I like very much the colours in the photo, so vivid!

Miss_Yves said...

I'd like to visit Norway!
miss Yves

imac said...

Really great B post and photos.
My ABC is now up.
also next post =they are real

Petunia said...

Er ikke beautiful foran Bergen litt smør på flesk??? Det er jo noe vi alle vet. I alle fall vi som bor her. Nydelige bilder er det i alle fall.

Katney said...

I am throughly enjoying my weekly visit to Norway through your ABCs.

Petunia said...

han heter ikke Bulle på ordentlig;) Bare kaller han det på bloggen. Hvorfor? Det kan du lese her: http://petuniablogg.blogspot.com/2007/06/bulleposen.html
:)

Max-e said...

Great post Runee. I can't even begin to imagine what it is like to be in a city founded in 1070. The sense of history must be amazing - our oldest city dates back to 1652

Alan said...

Very beautiful. I am a sucker for European architecture and history. Thanks for providing a little of both! :)

leslie said...

Stunning photo. I've yet to see any of the Scandinavian areas, but this tempts me. :D

david mcmahon said...

Beautiful shot, beautiful place. And what a chance to compare it with the b/w photo.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

I agree with kml, you really captured some beautiful light and colors.

bonnie said...

First I've heard of Bergen. Many Norway bloggers today. I love the photo, the way the buildings are all lined up and such pretty colors.

VP said...

What a stunning place!

oldmanlincoln said...

Extremely interesting about your village. Nice photos too. Thanks for your visits.

Annie said...

The major change I see is that the houses are now in color and before they were in black and white :)

Lilli & Nevada said...

Love the colors on the buildings but the B&W is great

Kate said...

I often think that humans cannot top nature, but this photo shows that sometimes we get it right. It's a lovely place: quaint, colourful, and certainly uniquely beautiful.

AVCR8TEUR said...

Those houses are so colorful. Compared to the old photo, it doesn't seem much has changed. I really like how you photographed and displayed the individual homes & shops on your other link.

lv2scpbk said...

Wonderful photo. I like how their all lined up.

GAWO said...

hei R. Dette tar helt av. :-) Nå har du hatt så mange besøkende her hos deg at skal du svare alle så må du snart gå over i halv stilling og drive bloggen din på dagtid. Virkelig moro at så mange har funnet veien hit. Og i morgen braker det løs......

RuneE said...

GAWO - Jeg arbeider i halv stilling - sies det...

GMG said...

Beautiful indeed! Loved to see it again (much better than my version of the 80s...).
I'll be absent for a while. Meanwhile, leave you with a somehow surprising post at Blogtrotter
Wish you a great fortnight and see you by mid-February!

alexander said...

Beautiful photo, lovely colours. I can see that the building on the left of the photo was destroyed after WWI

Interesting post.

Alexander
Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

happyone said...

Beautiful picture!! Love the colors.

DigitalShutterMania said...

Runee, great both photo and information. I just know about the interesting history of Bryggen.

Dick said...

Last summer I wasgwvuw
there but I didn't see the sun and blue sky.
Nice pics.

Janet said...

That is indeed a beautiful picture.

Ratheesh said...
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Ratheesh said...

i like norway & nice photo's


ratheesh
www.ratheeshsnaps.blogspot.com

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craftyhala said...

What a nice picture of the wharf. All those colorful buildings. Makes my broom on the bus more silly than before!

Oswegan said...

It's quite a neat contrast between the two shots. It makes me think not much has changed there besides photographic technology.

Siani said...

I'm glad they rebuilt the houses after the fire. It's lovely to see it looking so unchanged - and no vile skyscrapers. Thanks for visiting me and my apologies for taking so long to return the visit.