St Mary's Church is a parish church in Bergen municipality in Hordaland county, Norway. It is located in the Bryggen area in the central part of the city of Bergen. The church is part of the "Bergen domkirke" parish in the Bergen arch-deanery in the Diocese of Bjørgvin.Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to St. Mary's Church by using our Bergen trip itinerary tool.
The construction of the church is believed to have started in the 1130s or 1140s and completed around 1180, making this church the oldest remaining building in the whole city of Bergen. There have been a few fires that burned the church, as well as several renovations and reconstructions, most recently in 2013.
St. Mary's Church is the only remaining of the twelve churches and three monasteries that were built in Bergen between its beginnings during the reign of Olav Kyrre (1066–1093, traditionally 1070) and the end of the twelfth century. Excavations have revealed the remains of an earlier stone church on the site, but it was probably never completed. Commissioned jointly by the king and the citizens and merchants of Bergen, the construction of St. Mary's Church began in the 1130s or 1140s. The exact year of completion is unknown, but the church is mentioned in Sverris saga as where the rebels of the Birkebein Party sought refuge when attacked by a peasant army in 1183. St. Mary's Church is likely to have been built by craftsmen from Scania, then part of Denmark. The church's style is reminiscent of that of Lund Cathedral in Scania.
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Adjacent to Schotstuene (part of Hanseatic musem), this church was linked to the Hanseatic League. Gorgeous church to view inside and out. A must if you are interested in the history of Bergen. more »
Located just behind the Bryggen, this place is made of stone. The church is still being used and worth a drop by. Watch out for the statue outside that commemerates the resident group equivalent to... more »
Lovely tourist attraction. Still has wall paintings. Not allowed to take photos in the church.
Amazing and moving to visit places that are as old as this church. It is a remarkable testimony to the human spirit to see the craftsmanship in buildings of this age.
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