|UNESCO #59 - Bryggen, Bergen - NORWAY|
Monday, January 20, 2014
Bryggen - NORWAY - UNESCO #59
This beautiful card came all the way from Norway and was sent by a postcrosser from Poland that is spending her vacations there. Bryggen, the old hanseatic wharf in Bergen is the oldest port city in Norway (12th century) and for this postcard and the other photos I saw in the UNESCO page it really seams a awesome place. Thank you very much Monika for sending me my first UNESCO WHS from Norway. My collection rises to 272, only 709 to finish. This postcard took 3 days to arrive!
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.