Town planning in the Middle Ages; labyrinth of roof tops at Bryggen, the hanseatic settlement in Bergen, Norway. Imagine the two thousand male unmarried German traders living here amongst their stock of stockfish and fish oil. No mingling with the Norwegian population was (officially) allowed, this included women. Needless to say it was a rough bunch; 14 or 15-year old recruits arriving from Germany had to endure initiation rites that included getting repeatedly dunked naked into the frigid harbor, flogged with birch switches, and hung in the smoke of a fire stoked with various pungent debris. These rites were a part of the so-called "Bergen Games"...
Bryggen (Norwegian, "The Wharf"), also known as Tyskebryggen ("the German Wharf") is a series of Hanseatic commercial buildings lining the eastern side of the fjord coming into Bergen, Norway. These storage houses annex offices and living quarters were rebuild in 1702 after a major fire, but the architecture dates from the High Middle Ages (11 to 13th century). The main trade was dried cod from Northern Norway in return for cereals from mainland Europe. [after Wikipedia]
This picture made it into Explore #328 on Oct. 31.
Enjoy it better large and on black.