Håkonshallen, Bergenhus Festning, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway

Håkonshallen, Bergenhus Festning, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway

This is one of two photos in the album of Bergen's former military fort. Like its partner, it too is a more intimate study from the last morning of my 2016 Norwegian trip. Though it may look like part of a medieval cathedral because of its Gothic windows, it in fact was built by King Håkan Håkonsson for the coronation and wedding of his son Magnus Lagabøboter. It originally was a three storey building with a caller for provisions, a middle storey for living quarters and the top floor being the ceremonial hall. After use as a corn store for a number of centuries and damage during the second world war, the building has been restored and decorated with paintings by Gerhard Munthe.

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