St. Mary’s Church

MariakirkenSt. 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. (wikipedia)

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St. Mary\'s Church 60.398858, 5.323445 St. Mary\'s ChurchDreggsallmenning 3BergenBergen Hordaland, Norway (Directions)

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