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Damsgard Country Mansion

Listed under Country Houses in Bergen, Norway.

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  • Photo of Damsgard Country Mansion
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A quick bus ride gets to you one of the nicest areas in the city and along with that, the Damsgard Country Mansion. Bergen was a large, busy and rich town at the end of the 18th century. Among the aristocracy it was popular to build luxurious countryside retreats for entertaining, recreation and perhaps a bit of farming. Around 1800 there were as many as 70 of these retreats in the surroundings of Bergen. The finest of them all was Damsgard, which unashamedly presented its splendid, castle-like facade towards both the shipping lanes and the town. Damsgard was built in the 1770s for Minister of War Gyldenkrantz. Damsgard country mansion is the most important example of Rococo architecture in Norway, and is perhaps the best preserved wooden building in Europe from this period. From 1983 to 1993 major protection, conservation and restoration work was carried out. The interiors provide an outstanding example of a Bergen country retreat from the 18th and 19th centuries, and the garden has been recreated to show what it might have been like in the 1780s, with authentic ornamental plans, vegetables, herbs, bushes, trees, statues and drinking fountains. There are many stories that the guides will share with you so make sure you listen!

When you go be sure to have a cup of tea and their specialty – pancakes with jam and cream…they are very good!

Written by  Donna Dawson.

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