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in Textures Unlimited May 22nd 2010 and
in European Everyday Life 27th 2010

*St Mary’s Church in Bergen, Norway is the only remaining of twelve churches and three monasteries built in Bergen between its foundation during the reign of Olav Kyrre (1066–93, traditionally 1070) and the end of the twelfth century. Excavations have revealed the remains of an earlier stone church on the site, probably never completed. Commissioned jointly by the king and the citizens and merchants of Bergen, the construction of the church began in the 1130s or 40s. 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.

St Mary’s Church was significantly damaged in the town fire of 1198, caused by an attack on the city by the Bagli Party, enemies of the Birkebein Party. The rebuilding resulted in several architectural changes. Bergen burned again in 1248, a fire which caused an even greater degree of destruction to the church than the earlier fire. As part of the reconstruction after this fire, the towers were heightened and the chancel lengthened. The church was damaged in several later town fires, but never again destroyed to the same degree as in the fire of 1248.

Although having been built as a parish church for the Norwegian population of Bergen, St Mary’s Church was taken over by the city’s large German population in 1408 after which it was popularly called “the German church”. By belonging to the wealthy Germans, St Mary’s is richly adorned and escaped the fate of being turned into a ruin, unlike several of the other churches in the city. Not until 1874, long after the German domination in the city had vanished, did it again become an ordinary parish church, even though sermons were held in German until after the First World War. The most recent restoration of St Mary’s, led by architect Christian Christie (who would later supervise the restorations of Bergen Cathedral and the Haakon’s Hall), lasted from 1863–1876.
Source: Wikipedia
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  • Steve Silverman
    Steve Silvermanalmost 5 years ago

    Stunning image, Kira, fascinating back story too.

  • Thank you very much Steve – so glad you appreciate the story too :o)

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  • Rafferty-Evans
    Rafferty-Evansalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful Kira! Stunning manipulation work

  • Thank you very much Lee Anne for your lovely comment and the fav :o)

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  • Paul Gibbons
    Paul Gibbonsalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome photo, fantastic treatment and excellent information.

  • I really appreciate your lovely comment and the fav Paul – thank you very much :o)

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  • sarahhoffman
    sarahhoffmanalmost 5 years ago

    Very vanilla…yes and wonderful story…thanks for sharing it!

  • Thank you very much Sarah for your kind comment – much appreciated :o)

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  • Dianne English
    Dianne Englishalmost 5 years ago

    Fabulous work, perfect treatment, very good result!!!

  • Thank you very much Dance :o)

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  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1almost 5 years ago

    Great job!

  • Thanks a lot Gina :o)

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  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusteralmost 5 years ago

    Love the title and texture, looks like the birds really loved this place too! Dee

  • Thank you for the lovely comment Dee – much appreciated :o)

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  • Bruce Jones
    Bruce Jonesalmost 5 years ago

    I love the way you did this Kira!!

  • Thank you very much for your kind comment and the fav Bruce – much appreciated .o)

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  • Jessica Jenney
    Jessica Jenneyalmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous work, Kira!

  • Thank you very much Jessica for your lovely comment and the fav :o)

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  • Sharon House
    Sharon Housealmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful work Kira!!!

  • Thank you very much Sharon – also for the fav :o)

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