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Bergenhus Fortress, Bergen

Bergenhus Fortress is one of the oldest stone built fortifications in Norway. The buildings lie between those of the Rosencrantz Tower and Haakons Hall. This page counts those as part of the fortress.

Courtyard from north:-

Bergenhus Fortress

East building:-

Bergenhus Fortress, Bergen

North building:-

Bergen, Bergenhus Fortress

Rosencrantz Tower and Haakons Hall, Bergen, Norway

There are of course older buildings in Bergen apart from in Bryggen. Some of them are even built from stone.

One such is the Rosencrantz Tower, apparently one of the most important renaissance monuments in Norway. Parts of it date to the 1270s. We passed it on the way into the city centre from the ship’s mooring and took photos on the way back.

As is our usual experience it was shrouded in scaffolding and plastic:-

Rosencrantz Tower, Bergen, Norway

Tower of Rosencrantz Tower, Bergen

Right next to it is Haakons Hall (Hakon Hall) built by Håkon Håkonsson between 1247 and 1261 as a royal residence:-

Hakon Hall, Bergen

Gable end:-

Bergen, Hakon Hall

Hakon Hall from west:-

Hakon Hall, Bergen from West

Bergen District Court

The building housing Bergen’s District Court, (Tinhuset, on Tårnplassen 2,) is in that quasi-fascistic official building Art Deco style. Its wiki page says it was designed by Egill Reimers in neoclassical style but to me there are clear elements of Deco in it and it was designed during the 1930s.

Bergen, Art Deco(ish) Building

Its entrance is adorned by stylised figures representing the four cardinal virtues, wisdom, justice, moderation and strength:-

Art Deco Style Figures, Bergen

The pillars are each surmounted by some sort of heraldic beast:-

Art Deco Detailing, Bergen


Deatailing, Art Deco Building, Bergen

Detail; horizontals, verticals, banding, patterned brickwork:-

More Detailing, Art Deco Building, Bergen

I found some better pictures of the court than mine on this flickr account.

More Art Deco Style in Bergen

In this building, most likely quite modern, we have horizontals, verticals, rule of three, and striped banding:-

Bergen Art Deco

Art Deco Building, Bergen

Norconsult building, 6 Valkendorfsgaten, Bergen. Horizontals, verticals, rule of three, banding:-

Bergen, Modern Art Deco

Norconsult building doorway:-

Art Deco Doorway, Bergen

Almost Dutch style Art Decoish building:-

Almost Dutch Style Art Decoish Building, Bergen

More horizontals, verticals and banding, plus decorative touches below some of the windows:-

Art Decoish Building, Bergen

Hints of Art Deco:-

Hints of Art Deco, Bergen

Moderne and Art Deco Style in Bergen

This clock was on a building at the entrance to the dock where our ship was berthed. The tower in white and the flagpole are also deco features:-

Art Deco Style Clock, Bergen

While wandering Bergen city centre I was delighted to see this building looming. Lots of deco hallmarks; curvature, rule of three, horizontals, verticals:-

Modern Art Deco Building, Bergen

These closer views also show up the building’s balconies:-

Art Deco, Bergen

Detail, Art Deco Building, Bergen

This bridge nearby certainly has a deco feel, albeit in a Scandinavian way:-

Art Deco Style Bridge, Bergen

Buildings and Streets in Bergen, Norway

I think this is St John’s Church (Johanneskirken) An impressive structure we did not have time to get closer to:-

A Church in Bergen, Norway

Quaint wooden cottage:-

Bergen Street

Street to the above builidng’s side:-

A Bergen Street

Street off Bryggen:-

Street off Bryggen, Bergen

Wooden buildings – on way down from Fløibanen:-

Street with Wooden Buildings, Bergen

Street View in Bergen

A more modern square in the city centre:-

A Street in Bergen

Bryggen, Bergen

On the way into Bergen from where our ship had docked you stroll along Bryggen (the dock.) Originally named Tyskebryggen (the German Dock) and was the site of the first buildings in Bergen. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Bryggen, Bergen

Bryggen, Bergen

Building in Bryggen, Bergen

I assume the one with the painted tarpualin covering it was undergoing refurbishment:-

More of Bryggen, Bergen

Several closes run off Bryggen into back streets. These house idosyncratic little shops:-

Another Close in Bryggen, Bergen

Note connecting wooden stairway here:-

A Close off Bryggen, Bergen

This building in the back streets has a wodden hoist:-

Wooden Hoist On Building off Bryggen, Bergen

This stone building marks the end of Bryggen:-

Bergen, A Building  at End/Beginning of Bryggen

The National Theatre, Bergen (ii)

More pictures of the Art Nouveau National Theatre, (aka Den Nationale Scene,) Bergen.

Detail (to right hand side of entrance – mirrored on left hand side.)

Detail, The National Theatre, Bergen


Architectural Detail, The National Theatre, Bergen

Side Tower and Canopy. There is rule of three in the columnar windows so a hint (or a prefiguring) of Art Deco:-

Side Tower and Canopy, The National Theatre, Bergen

Side of the building (to the rear):-

Part of The National Theatre Building, Bergen

Side of building:-

More of The National Theatre Building, Bergen

Side of The National Theatre Building, Bergen

Rearmost side of building:-

To Rear of The National Theatre Building, Bergen

Back of building:-

Part of The National Theatre Building, Bergen

Stitched photo of part of building:-

The National Theatre Building, Bergen

The National Theatre, Bergen (i)

The National Theatre (Den Nationale Scene) is an architectural gem in the Art Nouveau style in Norway’s second city, Bergen, which we visited in September 2017.

The National Theatre, Bergen, from Garden to Front

From a distance. I didn’t realise it at the time but the statue just to the left of the lamppost is of Henrik Ibsen:-

The National Theatre, Bergen

Upper frontage:-

Upper Frontage, The National Theatre, Bergen

Entrance canopy (heavily detailed):-

Entrance Canopy, The National Theatre, Bergen

Reverse angle:-

Entrance Canopy, The National Theatre, Bergen, Reverse Angle


Doors, The National Theatre, Bergen

Door. “Billet Kontor” is, I correctly assumed, ticket office. “Video overvåket” is apparently ‘video monitored’:-

Door, The National Theatre, Bergen

Internal door (and pram):-

Internal Door, The National Theatre, Bergen

Central tower with finials:-

Finials, The National Theatre, Bergen

Perth Academy’s Old Building and War Commemorations

We were in Perth at the end of last year and for the first time took a stroll beside the North Inch on the Rose Terrace side.

There we discovered Perth Academy’s Old Building, a fine imposing edifice, used as the school from 1807 to 1932:-

Old  Perth Academy Building

Attached to its wall is this plaque dedicated to those former pupils who fought and died in the Great War:-

Perth Academy WW 1 Memorial

On the wall of a building in High Street is this plaque, presented to the people of Perth by the 1st Polish Army Corps in appreciation of the friendship extended to them in the city and county during World War 2:-

Polish Memorial, High Street, Perth

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