Buildings, streets and Alleys, Bergen
A little behind the iconic warehouses begins the old town of Bergen. All the small streets with white houses are wonderful. I noticed that most of them are paved, just as in my home city Plovdiv.
Interesting paintings on the walls diversify visitors. Even the small table with flowers in front of one house was really charming in the sunny winter day.
After we passed the fish market and the old city gates we headed into a section of Bergen with antique wooden houses following the Frommer's walking tour (link below). Many of them are white but every so often you'll come across an orange or yellow or red
The National Theater was established by violinist Ole Bull to present Norwegian-language drama and music. The theater is still active and has performances of Norwegian language dramas and Broadway-style musicals. We didn't think to wander inside as it was the middle of the day and I figured it'd be closed but if you have the opportunity, the art nouveau lobby has been restored after a Nazi bomb fell into it in 1944. You can see some of the exterior art nouveau details in the attached photos.
Outside the building is the creepy statue of playwright Henrik Ibsen who worked at the theater for a period of time and also Nordahl Grieg, a poet and writer who became a Norwegian hero for his political stand against the Nazi occupation.
As you walk around Bergen there are some lovely buildings and alleyways for you to explore. Apart from the wonderful trademark colourful buildings on the waterfront there are lots more hidden away in the backstreets. Even the building which houses the fast food chain Macdonalds is worth a second glance!
Bergen is a city full of charming small houses with very narrow streets between them. And there are plenty of them in the city centre. Take a couple of hours to just walk around and explore these charming small neighborhoods in the centre of Norways second larges, and probably most beautiful major city.
In various parts of the city you will come across narrow little streets lined with very old, white wooden houses. Many of the houses are residential but you can also see some in the Marken shopping street near the railway station.
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 beautiful wooden houses of Bryggen but its main structure has been preserved. Many of the remaining 58 buildings are now used as artists' studios.
Bryggen is now on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1979 and the city of Bergen is a designated World Heritage City.
Bergen is worth exploring. Just to browse around the old streets and alleyways can be an experience. Small wooden houses, cobblestoned stepways, charming environment all colored by the most exquisit flowers.
The Cathedral of Bergen is a mix of architecture from throughout its long and sometimes turbolent history (as you can see from the bullet holes in the tower wall!!!). The oldest parts are the choir and the lower part of the tower, built in 13th century Gothic style. The domkirke is dedicated to S.Olav.
Nukirken is one of the many buildings damaged during the war by an explosion in 1944 of a German ship. Now it is fully restored to its former glory. The church is built in the architectural style of the early 18th century.
The history of the Church of the Cross goes back to 1181 when the Holy Church of the Cross was first erected. The today cruciform plan was designed in the 17th century when the church was extended. The church have been many reconstructions and restorations throught the ages, and today it is a living example of several periods: a Romanesque nave, fragments of late Gothic, Reinaissance in the tower, Baroque in the wings, cast-iron windows from about the middle of the last century.
The church has three church bells. They were installed in the tower when it was rebuilt in 1743. The inscriptions on the big and medium sized bells show that they were made in Amsterdam in 1707. The smallest bell has been recast in 1889 and has simple ornementation and no inscription apart from the name of the founder and the year.
Kong Oscars Gate is one of the most nice and old streets of Bergen. Along the sides of the street there are old wood buildings. In one of them there is a McDonald. Some of these buildings lost their original use like a house and nowday they are a souvenirs shops and restaurants. To walk along this street is to do a step back in the time!!!
Walking around Bergen you can find many interesting building. In Christies Gate I found the one in the picture. It remember a castle with its round tower, but when you pass in front of it you can see that it is the Fire Station!!! Very nice architecture!!!!
In front of the Torget there is the Vagsalm Gate, a nice square with old buildings. In the middle of the square there is the statue of Ludvig Holberg (1684-1754) made by John Borjeson. On the right side of the square there is the tourist information office.
This is the old church or, cathedral called Domkirken. It is just near the city centre.Few hundreds years old and very interesting. But I am not going to copy/past the story of this church, so please check the link included here.