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: 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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