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Bergenhus Fortress in Bergen

After our hike up and down Mt. Fløyen, on Wednesday April 16, 2019, we wound up (it was deliberate) by Bergenhus Festning or the Bergen Fortress. It dates back to the 1240s and the reign of King Håkon Håkonsson (was his son Håkonssonsson or Håkonggrandson?). We walked around the inside permimeter. Just beyond the wall (which has a respectable drop, along with signs providing warnings) is the main road and harbor area for large commerical shipping boats.

I don't think any of the buildings were open while we were there but people could walk around them. The Rosenkranz Tower (Rosenkrantztårnet) was under rennovation, covered with scaffolding, so I couldn't get any good pictures of it, and couldn't go inside since it was late enough in the day.

2019 Norway pictures
Part 1: To Bergen
Part 2: In Bergen
Part 3: Nordness area in Bergen
Part 4: Mt. Fløyen: Night
Part 5: Mt. Fløyen: Day
Part 6: Bergenhus Festning (Bergen Castle Fortress)
Part 7: Fjords: The Train to Voss
Part 8: Fjords: The Bus to Gudvangen
Part 9: Fjords: Gudvangen
Part 10: Sognefjord by Boat



Part 11: Flåm
Part 12: Brekkefossen Waterfall
Part 13: Flåmsbana: The Flåm Railroad
Part 14: Myrdal to Oslo by Train
Part 15: Exploring Oslo

Part 16: Oslo Palace and Park
Part 17: Oslo City Hall
Part 18: Oslo: A Night on the Opera (House)
Part 19: Oslo: Helsfyr District
Part 20: Oslo, Solo
Part 21: The Trip Home

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Viking Kung Fu!

While approaching the Fortress, I saw two people in an empty parking lot. The woman was training the man in sword use, and they had long wooden poles to simulate the swords. Most of the time they were just talking, but on occasion they would do something suggesting there would be some action. I waited a bit and took a few pictures, but was hoping for more action and witty repartee.

This 4 frame animation is akin to cheap paper-doll animation with little regard to what was really happening or even keeping things lined up, since I took the pictures from two different angles. There was a woman who was walking in the background in frames 3 and 4. I cropped her out of frame 4 (you can see the edge of her shadow when the guy is trying to slice his master's head off), and I edited her out of the frame using Photoshop and its frighteningly good context-aware filling.




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A modern gate surrounding the fortress.

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The fortress wall.

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The entrance, labeled Sortieporten. The sortie gate. Like exit gate perhaps? ...(more)

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Wider view of the entrance through the wall.

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An information plaque on the Battle of Bergen Harbour (August 2nd, 1665), the...(more)

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General Mansbach's Avenues (alléer), named for the Fortress Commander from...(more)

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A statue of King Haakon VII, Prince Carl of Denmark, was the first king of...(more)

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A row of cannons, side view.

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A row of cannons, quarter view.

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A cannon front view.

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A cannon, the business end.

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Intelligent Norwegian Dendrite Trees with Håkonshallen to the right.

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The view of the Bergen peninsula from the top of fortress wall. The sign...(more)

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Håkonshallen (Håkon's Hall), built in the 13th century during the reign of...(more)

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Another view of Håkonshallen.

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The edge of the Fortress, beyond is the Vågen Bay.

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The top of the wall by Håkonshallen.


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A panoramic shot of Håkonshallen. The pictures didn't have full coverage and...(more)


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Håkon Håkonssons ringmur (girdle-wall). 1200-tallet (13th century).

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Håkon Håkonssons andre steinhall (Håkon Håkonsson's second stone hall).

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The entranace to Håkonshallen in Bergenhus Festning.

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Portkastellet (gatehouse).


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Panorama of place courtyard (Slottsgården). See map for building names.


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A lamp on the side of Håkon's Hall.

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Map of the places within Bergenhus Festning.

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The right edge of the map: Walks at Bergenhus.

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The entrance to the Rosenkrantz Tower. It was after 4pm so it was not open.

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Information on Rosenkrantz Tower (Rosenkrantztårnet).

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Scaffolding around Rosenkrantz Tower (Rosenkrantztårnet).

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The Portkastellet (gatehouse) entrance to Bergenhus Festning.

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A sign that says FARE (danger). The drop (wall's end) is just past it.

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A monument to something relating to the Nobel Prize and Peace Service. The...(more)

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Everybody was still kung fu fighting (behind the van).

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Looking down from the top of the fortress wall.

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The main gate (Hovedporten) to Bergenhus Festning.




2019 Norway pictures
Part 1: To Bergen
Part 2: In Bergen
Part 3: Nordness area in Bergen
Part 4: Mt. Fløyen: Night
Part 5: Mt. Fløyen: Day
Part 6: Bergenhus Festning (Bergen Castle Fortress)
Part 7: Fjords: The Train to Voss
Part 8: Fjords: The Bus to Gudvangen
Part 9: Fjords: Gudvangen
Part 10: Sognefjord by Boat



Part 11: Flåm
Part 12: Brekkefossen Waterfall
Part 13: Flåmsbana: The Flåm Railroad
Part 14: Myrdal to Oslo by Train
Part 15: Exploring Oslo

Part 16: Oslo Palace and Park
Part 17: Oslo City Hall
Part 18: Oslo: A Night on the Opera (House)
Part 19: Oslo: Helsfyr District
Part 20: Oslo, Solo
Part 21: The Trip Home


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