Tuesday, 27 July 2010

ABC Wednesday, B for Bergen in Norway


Between 1066 and 1093 Olav Kyrre, king of Norway is said to have founded Bergen, the largest city in the country for the next 600 years. It became a vital link in the Hanseatic League( a chain of European and Baltic cities with shared trading agreements, one of them was the Dutch town of Deventer).
Its harbour front Bryggen was a scene of thriving trading activities. It is also the oldest part of Bergen.It is now on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
The famous composer Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) was born here and lateron lived in his beautiful house "Troldhaugen"(the Hill of the Trolls). Edvard and his wife Nina are buried in a cliffhewn tomb in the grounds.
The old stave church at Fantoft, originally built in Fortun in 1150 and moved to Fantoftin in 1883, burnt down in 1992.Fantoft stave church has been rebuilt just as it was before.
 







The open air museum Old Bergen shows us 40 characteristic wooden houses from a couple of centuries ago.


With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.We started a new round of the fascinating meme of ABC. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar or Here. This week we are looking for words beginning with B.





33 comments:

EG Wow said...

Bergen certainly is a beautiful place! What a shame the Stave church burned down. It's wonderful that it was replaced but it's still not quite the same.

Gramma Ann said...

What a lovely slide tour of Bergen for B. It is a lovely place, and so relaxing with the morning cup of coffee.

mrsnesbitt said...

Hey! Check out the main ABC Blog - there is something there for you!

Dxx

photowannabe said...

What a beautiful country. Its someplace I would like to visit.

Sylvia K said...

Bergen is such a beautiful, historical and interesting place! Love your slide tour and the history you've shared! Terrific post, Wil! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Leslie: said...

Beautiful Beautiful Bergen! Just loved your slide show. I found the architecture to be quite fascinating, especially the church. That troll made me laugh! Thanks so much for sharing Bergen with us today, Will. :D

anthonynorth said...

A beautiful place.

Paula Scott said...

I always learn something unusual here at your blog! Thanks for the tour of Bergen and the soothing music!

Roger Owen Green said...

Lovely town, and history.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Hood Photo Blog said...

That is a great series of photos of a beautiful place :) Have a good rest of the week!

Hood Photo Blog

The Weaver of Grass said...

Bergen is one of my most favourite places Wil - so beautiful. How could anyone fail to be inspired by that lovely little room where Greig wrote his music.
I am coming to The Netherlands in September for a few days - it will be my first visit and I am so looking forward to it.

Amy said...

The slide show was lovely and the music perfect for it! A very special place for sure.

Carver said...

Bergen is such a charming and beautiful place. I enjoyed your slide show very much.

Tumblewords: said...

Always fun to visit here - Bergen is beautiful!

Vicki Lane said...

A lovely slide show, as always. Thank you for expanding my world!

Gayle said...

Fabulous slide show and music to match. I've never been so thanks for the tour!

Hildred and Charles said...

Love your slide tour, your beautiful and romantic header, the accompanying music and all the interesting information about Bergen - a great post, thank you.

Cloudia said...

Lovely tour, Wil




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Ann said...

How far is Netherland from Norway?

Etje said...

Hier kan ik naar blijven kijken, mooi is het.

RuneE said...

Thank you so much for a lovely presentation of my home town! :-)

I see that I ought to stay there and never leave ;-)

PS I wasn't able to participate this time, but "I'll be back".

Arkansas Patti said...

What a beautiful place. I was impressed with the lovely buildings,the narrow streets and no traffic. Would be lovely to walk or bike ride.
That harbor is beautiful.
Think I will google the UNESCO's World Heritage List now.
Thanks again Wil for a lovely trip.

George said...

Thanks for the beautiful pictures and the information about Bergen. I didn't realize how beautiful it really is.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Hello Wil. I just popped over again to answer your question on whether or not we could meet in The Netherlands.
Our friends live in Hillegom and we shall be staying there and perhaps coming to Amsterday (I hope) to look at the galleries etc. So I think it is probable that we shall not have the opportunity to meet. Sorry to say.

nonizamboni said...

Perfect B choice! Thanks for the Grieg serenade as I read. You're making want to travel sooner than later.

lv2scpbk said...

Nice pick for B for ABC.

On behalf of the ABC Wed. team, thanks for participating.

Indrani said...

Beautiful place, interesting bit of history too. I was not aware of this city.

jeannette said...

Beautiful header, Wil! And I love Grieg's music:)

Barbara Martin said...

When you visited Bergen, Wil, did you meet with RuneE?

Beautiful church and slide show.

Grace and Bradley said...

It is such a beautiful and well preserved place. I love you new photo of your website.

Jingle said...

fun place to visit...
lovely b post!

Louis la Vache said...

One of «Louis'» cousins in visiting Bergen now. She's quite the world traveller. She went to Norway from Sweden where she sent «Louis» this image.

Dina said...

Thanks for the photos, Wil.
We visited, too briefly, Bergen way back in 1977. It was a rare sunny day in the summer. I was bundled in a wool sweater, but the Bergen men in the square had their shirts off, turning toward the sun.

Congratulations on your award from ABC!