Monday, June 18, 2007

Nonneseter Convent

Two old houses are what is left

As I left the railway station, I spotted this small, insignificant building. It used to be a part of a Cistercian Nun convent, that dates back to 1148.

This small building, with its romanesque gate and another very similar building nearby are what is left of this once so powerful convent. The nuns from this convent may have founded Saint Jørgens Hospital that cared for the many suffering from leprosy in Bergen. This Hospital existed until the mid 20th Century and is today a leprosy museum.

The last nuns left the convent in 1507, supposedly due to bad and sinful behaviour. In 1528 what was left of it were given to the nobleman Vincents Lunge as his private property. His built his private residence here and named it Lungegaarden. Much of his residence stood until 1890, when they were demolished leaving this small building. Today it is used as memorial hall for those sacrificing their lives during World War II.

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Stadsporten - a 17th Century defence post

I lived at Forskjønnelsen, an address on the steep hill overlooking Bergen Railway station and Bus Station. On our way up the hill we passed Stadsporten, once a gate into the city of Bergen.

When it was built in 1628 by Oluf Parsberg, it was a part of the defence system that protected the city. Today it stands in the middle of Kalfaret, a busy road leading into Bergen.

It slowly fell into disrepair, but was totally renovated in 1740, and was listed in 1927. From 1792-1971 it housed parts of the city's archives.

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