World Heritage #0059 – Bryggen (Bergen)

Aug 5, 2003Norway, Norway Towns and Places, Norway's Heritage Sites, World Heritage Sites

Right in the middle of Norway’s second largest city, the wooden buildings and alleys of Bryggen will lead you back a few hundred years.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

 

Official facts

Country: Norway

Date of Inscription: 1979

Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 59:

“Bryggen, the old wharf of Bergen, is a reminder of the town’s importance as part of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire from the 14th to the mid-16th century. Many fires, the last in 1955, have ravaged the characteristic wooden houses of Bryggen. Its rebuilding has traditionally followed old patterns and methods, thus leaving its main structure preserved, which is a relic of an ancient wooden urban structure once common in Northern Europe. Today, some 62 buildings remain of this former townscape.”

 

My visit

I have been to Bryggen several times as I am living on the same coastline as Bergen in Norway. The area is much smaller but still reminiscent of Venice, Italy in the respect that the buildings are built on wooden structures. And like Venice the foundations are crumbling.

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