Picking up from the Viking theme the other day when I shared about our meeting with my friend Melanie and her husband last weekend, along with the experience of the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, we were thrilled when Melanie and her husband traveled to visit us in our home town, have a meal and time at our home, and have the opportunity to show them around here--especially the Midgard Historical Center which explores the world of the Vikings!
The highlight of the Midgard Historical Center--a museum with changing exhibits focusing on Viking history--is a Viking Hall, a reconstruction of a great mead hall from the Viking era. We were fortunate that there was a guide at the hall to tell us about the structure as we toured it--it's construction, historic evidence, the art of the Viking era, how a hall like this was used by the Vikings, etc. A celebration hall, it was--for feasting and fun! A grand, large ceremonial room where the important occasions of a community were celebrated. And like the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, I could live in the Viking Hall here in Horten!
A short walk from the Viking Hall is the Borre Park, where there are several Viking burial mounds/graves. The location of the burial mounds was very specific, and meant to be visible from the water for anyone sailing or walking along the coast. There is archeological evidence of two great halls located at Borre, and that the place may have already been a seat of great power and importance even before the Viking age.
All this history and beauty... so amazing! These places are so special. We are blessed with this connection to the past so close to where we live.