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Ny-Ålesund: Belltower

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The­re has never been a cha­pel or even a church in Ny-Åle­sund. This litt­le bell­tower was built in 1951 by the women’s socie­ty „Polarklok­ken“ (polar bell). They actual­ly aimed at collec­ting money to have a cha­pel built, but they did not get that far befo­re Ny-Åle­sund as a mining sett­le­ment was aban­do­ned after the lar­ge mine acci­dent in 1962.

The bell­tower is a relict from that now rather distant chap­ter of Ny-Ålesund’s histo­ry when the place was about to beco­me a “nor­mal” vil­la­ge whe­re fami­lies with child­ren lived. They tried to estab­lish a “nor­mal” life here as much as they could. The attempts to get a cha­pel were part of this deve­lo­p­ment.

The view over Kongsfjor­den is excel­lent from the bell­tower!

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last modification: 2019-01-21 · copyright: Rolf Stange
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