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It was Bryggen before it was Bergen
Bergen’s first buildings were built alongside the harbor called Bryggen. Bryggen has thus been the center of the city, offering a stunning silhouette of it’s ancient gables against the harbor and surrounding mountains.
In 1360 the Hansas (a German guild of merchants) was set up and dominated trade here for the next 400 years. Bryggen has been destroyed by fire many times, and each time rebuilt with new vigor. The area is now on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, as is the surrounding city, Bergen, one of the most interesting places to see in Norway.