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The very first buildings in Bergen were alongside the harbour called Bryggen. The World Heritage Site of Bryggen is all that remains of an ancient wharf on the east side of Bergen´s central harbour, Vågen.

Bryggen has been the nervecentre of the city for hundreds of years and the silhouette of it´s ancient gables is perhaps the most familiar image in all of Norway.

Many times Bryggen has been devastated by fire, and the Great Fire of 1702 reduced the whole city to ashes. But Bryggen was quickly re-built on top of foundations that had been here since the 11th century. Bryggen is now on UNESCO"s World Heritage List and the city of Bergen is a designated World Heritage City.


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