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I am posting two different buildings tonight. The main post is this side view of Nykirken, one of Bergen's churches. Not as old as Mariakirken, which was my first posting of this voyage, but still old enough to be of interest.
I have found two small bits of history about it, one in English:
One of the many noteworthy edifices damaged during the war by an explosion in 1944, but now fully restored to its former glory. The church is built in the architectural style of the early 18th century.
And another one in Wikipedia, but in French (sorry for the English speakers, the other choice was Norvegian...):
Nykirken une des 嶲lises de Bergen, en Norv銶e. Elle ft construite en pierre en 1621 pour les habitants de Nordnes, apr鋊 que les 嶲lises de la zone aient 彋 d彋ruites et que pendant une longue p廨iode les habitants durent marcher jusqu'a Domkirken pour communier.
L'嶲lise est construite sur les ruines de l'ancienne r廥idence d'un archev鋂ue, dont les murs imposants subsit鋨ent jusqu'au XVIIe si鋃le. les fondations servirent de cimeti鋨e vers 1637. Apr鋊 un incendie en 1756 une nouvelle 嶲lise fut construite par dessus, et le cimeti鋨e, abandonn en 1863 fut quant lui ras apr鋊 le grand feu de 1944, provoqu par l'explosion d'un cargo charg de munitions.
Les derni鋨es restaurations datent de 1956 et 1996, l'嶲lise peut accueillir 750 personnes.

The second view (in workshop) was taken when we were arriving in the harbour, and is not really good. But I believe it shows the Rosenkrantz Tower, part of an old fortification system, and a good example of the fact tht Bergen is a rellay old city. A little more on the Tower, also from Wikipedia:
The Rosenkrantz Tower (Norwegian Rosenkrantzt緳net) is a prominent landmark in Bergen, Norway, and one of the most prominent buildings of Bergenhus fortress. The tower derives its name from governor Erik Rosenkrantz. It was during his reign (15591568) that the tower received its present shape and structure. The oldest part of the building, however, is made up of a medieval tower, known as the "Keep by the Sea", built by king Magnus the Lawmender in the 1270s as part of the royal castle in Bergen. The keep was slightly modified c. 1520, then extensively modified and expanded in the 1560s by Scottish stonemasons and architects in the service of Erik Rosenkrantz to attain its present form. Rosenkrantz' building contained dungeons on the ground floor, residential rooms for the governor higher up, and positions for cannons on the top floor. In the 1740s, the tower was converted to a magazine for gunpowder, a function it served until the 1930s. The whole building has been open to the general public since 1966. Today, the tower serves primarily as a tourist attraction.

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