Our four-month old grandson — and his parents 🙂 — live in the Sandviken area of Bergen. We’ve driven through the area often, and visited them several times since they moved into their place, and although we haven’t walked around I’ve been intrigued by the buildings and history.
A little about Sandviken:
… it is located geographically north-east of the city center. The neighbourhood begins north of Bergenhus Fortress, and follows the coastline facing west. Sandvik Road is the main thoroughfare through the area, which mostly consists of residential buildings. Sandviken has around 13,000 inhabitants. The early development of Sandviken consisted largely of water mills and shipyards. Later, traders from Bergen built landing places and warehouses in the area …
Our grandson was baptized at the Sandvik Church/Sandvikskirken a couple of weeks ago on a beautiful sunny Sunday. About the church:
… Sandvik Church (Sandvikskirken) is a wooden Gothic hall church from 1881. The church has a slightly narrower polygonal ended choir in the east and a tower in the west that is located in the church’s long axis. The church had gneiss as a building material with exterior cladding of granite … Sandviken parish was established on 29 July 1874 … The church was completed in autumn 1881 and inaugurated in December 1881.
We parked at the church, and after the services we walked the ten minutes or so to their house for a family celebration. I still haven’t *really* experienced this historic and charming part of Bergen, but enjoyed the brief walk and, especially, the family time immensely! As I was focused on family while we were walking (especially the adorable face of our grandson), I didn’t take too many photos of the area. But a few found their way through my camera lens …
A memorial to the seventeen men who died when their ship hit a mine in the North Sea on September 13, 1939; the Sandviken Church is in the background:
A better view of the church, with a statue of a Sandvikens Buekorps member (I wrote about Bergen’s Buekorps here):
The house of the Sandvikens Bataljon and Sandviksguttenes forening (Sandviken Battalion and Sandviken Boys Association), home of the Sandvikens Buekorps:
But there’s so much more to this area of Bergen! And so I found images online to share:
In searching for those images, I discovered something that I didn’t know — my favorite Impressionist painter, Claude Monet, visited Norway. In 1895 he painted this perspective of Sandviken:
In December I shared the tradition of flying the Norwegian flag on specific days and birthdays. I forgot to mention that it’s also flown on baptism days … and so here is our grandson’s flag, hanging in the warm Sandviken sunshine: