Antique print dated 1895. The page is over 120 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set it within a brown frame with mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. Available also in a gold frame, your choice. RtW.31.
Entitled – Bergen. Bird’s-Eye View of the Town and Harbour.
From a Photo by Valentine Dundee.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
Bergen. – The commercial capital of Western Norway, and the centre of the most beautiful districts. The first thing that greets the eye as one approaches Bergen by steamer is a long row of wooden warehouses fronting the suburb of Sandviken. Further on to the right the bay extends a broad arm called Puddefjorden to the base of Lovstakken, one of the seven mountains surrounding Bergen. Puddefjorden is the harbour for all the yachting steamers. The promontory of Nordnaes, with the dismantled fortress of Frederiksberg, divides Puddefjorden from the harbour proper. Passing round Nordnaes Point, a most charming panorama unfolds itself as the old-fashioned and quaint-looking town becomes visible, reaching nearly halfway up the steep verdant slope of Floifjeldet, and screened by the more barren and rugged Mount Ulriken on the north-east. It only takes half a day to thoroughly “do” Bergen. At the foot of the Market Place, which slopes towards the water, is the Fish Market, fish being the staple commodity of Norway. Moored to the quay here, one may see a number of fishing smacks and small boats; and the scene is further enlivened by the presence of a host of noisy women, in wonderful head-dresses and long, blue woollen gowns, haggling with the fishermen over prices. Purchasers, by the way, pick up their bargains by the gills, and drag the fish along the streets to their own houses. The Exchange is opposite the Fish Market, and at the quay near the latter there is a ferry station, where boats may be hired to any steamer in the harbour, or any quay, for about threepence in our money. Along the other side of the harbour, just where the Fish Market ends, the German Quay begins, reeking with the odours of dried fish and train oil. The narrow, ill-paved Strandgaden , or Strand Street, runs from north to south through the whole town parallel with the Vaagen, or inner harbour, but is separated from it by a row of warehouses. In this street souvenirs of the “Present from Margate” variety may be bought; these trifles at Bergen, however, are decidedly artistic, consisting of filigree ornaments, carved models of carrioles and stolkjaerres, boats and sledges, and dolls dressed in correct national costume. The villa quarter of Bergen is close to the lovely park among the mountains, where open-air concerts are given every evening during the season. Visitors to Bergen usually drive to Fantoft, where is seen the old Stavekirke, a perculiar pagoda-like structure, dating from the Middle Ages. This building was bought by Mr. Gade, the American Consul, some years ago, and was removed by him from its original site at Fortun and placed in his own park.
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