Minnehallen

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Minnehallen
Norway
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Minnehallen from the entrance side.
For Norwegian merchant sailors killed during World War I and World War II.
Unveiled 1 August 1926
Location near Kruttårnkollen, Stavern
Designed by Andreas H. Bjercke and Georg Eliassen

Coordinates: 58°59′29″N 10°02′13″E / 58.99139°N 10.03694°E / 58.99139; 10.03694 Minnehallen or The hall of remembrance was commissioned by the Norwegian parliament after World War I to commemorate the fallen Norwegian sailors of the war. It was unveiled by king Haakon VII and was later converted to the national monument commemorating fallen sailors of both World War I and World War II.

The interior of the hall is visited by some 20,000 people every year.

The monument itself is a pyramid of locally quarried rock and is designed by two architects from Oslo, Andreas H. Bjercke and Georg Eliassen.

Nic. Schiøll has made a relief describing the lives and fate of the sailors as well as a decoration in the crypt. 28 copper tablets display the names of 1892 sailors dead in World War I and 3456 names of sailors who died in World War II. In addition, three protocols contain the names of 5667 sailors.

Herman Wildenvey wrote a poem displayed on the rock altar in the hall. The first and last verse read as follows:

Landets egne, mand og kvinne
Konge, folk og raad,
reiste dette æresminde
over sjømænds daad.
Her hvor hav og land som brødre
deler storm og sol
Samles søsken, fædre, mødre,
om et stort symbol
The country's own, man and woman
King, people, and council
raised this remembrance of honor
over the deed of the sailor.
Here where sea and land as brothers
share storm and sun
Bring together siblings, fathers, mothers
around a great symbol.
Hvil i fred, hver fredens kriger
i din våte grav.
Taus du sank, mindet stiger
her som sol av hav.
Atter blir mot dagen hævet
alt som havet tok.
Og vi vet dit navn er skrevet
i en evig bok.
Rest in peace, each warrior for peace
in your watery grave
Silently you sank, the memory ascends
here like the sun of the sea.
Everything which the sea took
is increased by the day.
And we know your name is written
in an eternal book.

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