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Håkonshallen was built by order of Håkon Håkonsson as a royal residence and banqueting hall. Håkonshallen (Håkon’s Hall) has taken its name from its first builder, King Håkon Håkonsson. Håkonshallen is being used as a regular venue for the Bergen International Festival.

Håkonshallen was constructed between 1247 and 1261. More than 750 years old, the medieval building was originally used for large events as well as being a royal residence. It has been restored twice, at first between 1880 and 1885, and later between 1955 and 1961. When an American tourist once asked a Norwegian journalist if the building had been made before WW2, the journalist replied that it was in fact made before ANY of the great wars. Today, Håkonshallen is managed by The City Museum of Bergen, and is regularly being used for concerts and other events.



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