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This is a picture of the buildings of Bryggen in Bergen taken in september 2010. The buildings that are on UNESCO's World Heritage list is mostly built up after the great fire of 1702, but is built to the same principles and in the same way as the buildings that have stood since the 12th century. The six buildings on the far left of the picture is of recent date, and is built as a replica of the buildings that burned down in the 1950s, and is a part of a hotel.

I am aware that the bus in front of the magnificent buildings might not quite fit into the composition, but that is just some of the point. Just after the turn of the millennium it was discovered that foundations underneath Bryggen is on the sink. The reasons are many and complicated, but some of the blame is placed on traffic that through the years has passed the old buildings. The building of the hotel must take some of the blame, and so must the spring tide that have increased the last years as a consequence of climate changes. Some years ago the road was moved closer to the waterline, away from buildings on Bryggen.

An extensive restoration work in progress, so let's hope there is hope for the future.

Have a nice week everyone!

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