Ranked #11 of 12 Cultural in Bergen
Category: Historic Sites
Hakon’s Hall is almost seven hundred and fifty years old, and was built by King Hakon Hakonsson as a royal residence and...
Hakon’s Hall is almost seven hundred and fifty years old, and was built by King Hakon Hakonsson as a royal residence and banqueting hall. When his son Magnus Hakonsson Lagabote married the Danish princess Ingeborg in 1261, 2000 guests were invited. The King held court in the stone hall say the sagas. At that time Bergen was Norway’s largest and most important town, and Hakon’s Hall was the site of major national events, such as the drawing up of Norway’s first complete set of laws. Inside the thick stone walls there are still echoes of the medieval court’s solemn ceremonies and riotous feasts. As a national cultural monument, Hakon’s Hall is still used both for royal dinners and other official occasions. It is easy to spot where His Majesty the King usually sits. Hakon’s Hall was built between 1247 and 1261 by Hakon Hakonsson. It was the largest and most imposing building of the royal residency in the 13th-century when Bergen was the political centre of Norway. Closed during the Bergen International Festival, Christmas, Easter and on special occasions. 1.6.-31.8.: Café.