The old centre of Bergen (Bryggen), Norway
The city of Bergen was founded in 1070. In 1360 a Kontor of the Hanseatic League was established there, and as the town developed into an important trading centre, the wharfs were improved. The administrative buildings of Bryggen housed clerks from many areas, especially Germany. The main trade was dried cod from Northern Norway in return for cereals from mainland Europe.The oldest part of Bergen, which is called Bryggen (Norwegian, 'The Wharf' ), is a series of Hanseatic commercial buildings lining the eastern side of the fjord coming into Bergen, Norway.Bryggen was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1979.
© 2012 Frans Sellies
Siena, Italy, and surrounding Tuscany
Wide shot of the hill town of Siena, Italy, showing the countryside of Tuscany in the distance. View is from the tower of the Palazzo Pubblico, on the city's centre, Piazza del Campo. The historic centre of Siena is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
© Kevin Lanthier
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Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife Island, Garachico, elevated town view with the Iglesia de
Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife Island, Garachico, elevated town view with the Iglesia de Santa Ana church, dusk
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