Monday, March 31, 2008

Nykirken - The New Church



It may sound a bit weird, but this New Church ("Nykirken") as it is called, dates back to 1621. It was so named since there were already many several-hundred years old stone churches around the harbour (Bergen was officially founded in 1070, but a trading site were located there before that). Several of them still exist. It might also be said that it deserves it name since it has been rebuilt and restructured several times - the last time after major destruction during WW2.

The church was built upon the foundation of the Archbishop's residence. Some of these walls are still visible. The second shot is from part of this.










15 comments:

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Well, your NEW Church definitely predates any churches here. ;-) Nykirken looks impressive and I shall follow the link to find out more about it.

About Bergen: I'm assuming that since it dates further back than 1070 that it must have been a Viking port. Is that correct?

Andrea said...

Very interesting about this NEW CHURCH. I love the stone work.

RuneE said...

Bergen is the main city (240 000 inhabitants) of the county of Hordaland in Norway. The name Hordaland stems from the same word as the English hordes, so yes, there were definitely Vikings in this area!

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

I must get myself over to Bergen to see it. Love the clear light you have.

imac said...

Beautiful stone posts Rune, also love the other posts that I have missed.

When is Bridge Day??

AVCR8TEUR said...

I guess it's all relative on how it's named New or Old. From what I can see on the outside, it must be huge with tall ceilings on the inside.

As for Mission San Juan Bautista, it is about 90 miles south of San Francisco so you must have visited Mission Dolores when you were in SF. :)

dot said...

I think it's very unusual looking.

Alan said...

New or old it is certainly beautiful.

Annie said...

This is simply wonderful to see. You know, of course, there's nothing manmade standing that's as old as that here in the USA.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Love these old churches, nothing that old around here.
The church i was baptized in which was in Arwheiler Germany was dated in the 1400's Wish i had a photo of it.

Paulie said...

Thanks for yet another tour of your country. Before I found your blog, I knew nothing about Norway except that it exists and where it is located. Love my arm chair tour! Blessings!

pts said...

really beautiful!

lv2scpbk said...

Nice photos.

Old Wom Tigley said...

The bottom window looks similar to an archers window.

detroit dog said...

Hi RuneE,

I do have another blog - a more "general" one as you say. I'll put a link to it on my profile in a few minutes.

I'm hesitant about that blog, because I feel sometimes that I am too personal, but I don't know how to be otherwise without going to the extreme (and so, the dog blog and zip blog). So I don't often post to it, but I've gotten back in the habit of late.