Bryggen



CountryNorway
UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationCity of Bergen, County of Hordaland
CoordinatesN60 23 49.992 E5 19 23.016
Inscription Date1979
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
Unesco Reference Number59
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/59
DescriptionBryggen, the old wharf of Bergen, is a reminder of the town’s importance as part of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire from the 14th to the mid-16th century. Many fires, the last in 1955, have ravaged the characteristic wooden houses of Bryggen. Its rebuilding has traditionally followed old patterns and methods, thus leaving its main structure preserved, which is a relic of an ancient wooden urban structure once common in Northern Europe. Today, some 62 buildings remain of this former townscape.
StatusWorld Heritage Site