We decided to go to the Art Gallery but on our way there was a very good street performer in the square and we stopped and watched for a while and before we knew it the time had got away from us. Still we continued to the gallery thinking we would find a place for a quick lunch on the way. We decided to have a quick lunch at the museum. We then went to buy the ticket and it was quite expensive but would be valid for the next day also as it was entry into the four Art Museums. There was only two we were interested in which was not the place we had lunch. We walked around and eventually found the entrance, it was not obvious, and by this time we would have just over an hour to view anything. We decided we would wait until the next day to make a decision.
I felt there must be some small interesting museum that we could get value out of the short time available as most places close at 4.00pm. First we went to Bergen’s Cathedral. For more than 900 years people have worshipped here. The first church was dedicated to ‘Olav the Holy’ Norway’s patron saint and according to records a church had been built here by 1150. It had been damaged by fire twice in the 13th century and King Magnus had donated money which enabled the Franciscan friars to build a beautiful church. When the Lutheran Reformation was introduced in Norway the old cathedral was in ruins. The first Lutheran bishop of the area claimed the Franciscan church as the Cathedral.
We managed to get a very quick look inside as the doors were closed at 4.00pm. We were able to see the wonderful stonemasonry in the entrance, beautiful windows and portraits of almost all the bishops of Bjørgvin since the Reformation hang there. Aspects of the church were restored in the 1880’s but the Vestry and The Chapter House were completed at the same time as the Cathedral in 1301.
I looked at our information wondering if anything else would be open after 4 o’clock when I saw a museum had an open sign displayed outside. I popped my head in to enquire and found they were open until 5 o’clock. This was the Hanseatic Museum.