Sunday, August 23, 2009

Unescos from Norway

Some of my gtky friends are travelling. A few days ago i've received a norwegian card from Ula and last thursday i've received more cards from Norway but this time sent by Valerie. And these are 2 unesco cards, Urnes Stave Church and Bergen.

The Urnes Stave Church is an whs since 1979, located at the Ornes farm, near Lustrafjorden. "The church was built around 1130 or shortly thereafter, and still stands in its original location. The church is believed to be the oldest of its kind. It provides a link between Christian architecture and the architecture and artforms of the Viking Age with typical animal-ornamentation, the so called "Urnes-style" of animal-art. Archaeological investigations have discovered the remains of one, or possibly two, churches on the site prior to the current building. The excavations uncovered holes in the ground from earth-bound posts which had belonged to an early post church, a type of church with walls supported by short sills inserted between free-standing posts. It is not known if this church had a raised roof above the central space of the nave like the present church. The earliest possible dating of this church is the early eleventh century. In the 17th century the nave of the church, which is a raised central room surrounded by an aisle, was extended southwards. Other elements were also added to the church, including a baptismal font (1640), a wooden canopy above the altar (1665) and a pulpit (1693–1695). The altarpiece, which depicts Christ on the cross with the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist, dates from 1699. Windows were added to the church in the 18th century." - in: wikipedia

"Bryggen, the old wharf of Bergen, is a reminder of the town's importance as part of the Hanseatic League trading empire from the 14th to the mid-16the century. Many fires, the last in 1955, have revaged the caracteristic wooden houses of Bryggen. Its rebuilding has traditionally followed old patterns and methods, thus leaving its main structure preserved, which is a relic of ancient wooden urban structure once common in Nothern Europe. Today, some 62 buildings remain of this former townscape." - in: www.unesco.org/en/list/59

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