On Wednesday, we went to explore a castle/fortress. There were two buildings that were a part of it that we went in: Håkon’s Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower.
This is Håkon’s Hall and it was built in the 13th century by King Håkon’s Håkonsson. According to the museum literature, the Hall was the largest and most imposing building in the royal residence. (Bergen was the capital of Norway during this time and it was later changed to Oslo in 1314.)
Over the years after the royal residence was moved, the Hall was used for storage purposes and even abandoned before being restored from 1880-1895. The museum literature says, “In 1944, a German ammunition ship exploded in the harbor just below. The Hall caught fire and was so damaged that only the walls remained.” The Hall was restored once again and aside from being open to the public for tours, it also still has some royal ceremonial use on special occasions.
I couldn’t get an outside picture of Rosenkrantz Tower because they’re doing some restoration work on it and had it all covered up. We did get to go inside, though, and it was cool.
The Tower was built in the 1560s by the governor of Bergen Castle (Bergenhus), Erik Rosenkrantz, at the command of King Fredrick II. It also suffered damage in 1944, and has been restored as close as possible to its original design. The king still stayed in the King’s Chambers when he came to Bergen up through the 16th century.
We love history and plan to visit more historical sites here in Bergen (and hopefully elsewhere in Europe), so expect more posts like these!