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Fantoft Stave Church (Bergen, Norway)

Morning stroll along the streets of Bergen

A little over three years ago I took today’s photo on a lovely summer morning in a town I would love to visit again.

Bergen, Norway

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Bergen from Fløyen

On one of the rare days in which it isn’t raining in Bergen, the place is absolutely beautiful. With average rainfall approaching 100 inches per year (for reference for those of you, like me, who live in the Pacific Northwest, that’s more than Portland and Seattle combined!), a view like this isn’t frequently possible. I hope to visit Bergen again someday.

Bergen’s Infamous Stave Church

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Fantoft stavkirke

Some people would say that hanging out in the woods as the sun sets behind the Fantoft Stave Church, site of the infamous 1992 arson, is a little creepy. I found it to be exhilarating. I wanted to wait for darkness as there appeared to be some spotlights. However, I didn’t want to miss the last tram back to my hotel, and it was already approaching midnight.



Bergen's Bryggen (wharf)

Bryggen, in Bergen, Norway, is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Look closely and you’ll see that each building is tipping in a slightly different way. Some of the buildings in this area are hundreds of years old. Most have burned down once or more over the years and then been rebuilt in basically the original style. Today’s photo shows just three of the buildings, but there are actually more than a dozen lined up in a row like this.

Fantoft Stave Church in Bergen

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Fantoft Stave Church - Bergen, Norway

Ever since playing the computer game, Age of Mythology, I’ve been a bit fascinated with Stave churches (stavkirke). The first time we went to Norway, in 2008, we didn’t have time to visit one. When I read that there was one in Denmark, near Aarhus, I was excited to visit, but I was a bit of a disappointment as it wasn’t anything like the Norwegian variety.

So as soon as I got to Bergen I jumped on the light rail and headed to the Fantoft Stave Church. The original stave church from 1150 didn’t look much like this (at least not in the 19th Century after hundreds of years of changes). The church was moved to Bergen in 1883 and reverted to this older style. However, in 1992 the idiot arsonist and murderer Varg Vikernes burned the church. The one I photographed above at dusk is a 1997 reconstruction.