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Steilneset Memorial

Steilneset, Vardo 9950, Norway
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The sorrow place

You have to visit it at night because only at night you can feel the sorrow of the place more... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Vitaliy S
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culture, design and history in one spot - an understated gem

Located on the shore of the Barent's sea, also known as the devil's dance floor because of its wild... read more

Reviewed December 28, 2017
Suellen T
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Hobart, Australia
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Steilneset Memorial or 'The Witches' Monument" commemorates the victims of the witches' trials in Finnmark during the 17th century. It consist of the House of Flames, with an artwork of French-American artist Louise Bourgeois, and the Memorial Hall designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. The Memorial was opened by Her Royal Higness Queen Sonja in 2011.
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Steilneset, Vardo 9950, Norway
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You have to visit it at night because only at night you can feel the sorrow of the place more better.

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Reviewed December 28, 2017

Located on the shore of the Barent's sea, also known as the devil's dance floor because of its wild and unpredictable nature, stands a dedication to 91 souls burned in the 17th century under suspicion of sorcery ... some were subject to the 'water ordeal'...More

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Reviewed November 12, 2017 via mobile

If you walk quickly, it’s possible to visit this during the Hurtigruten stop. I strongly suggest you do, but do plan your route back to ship as you’ll be cutting it fine. We visited in the dark, which makes the memorial even more atmospheric, but...More

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Reviewed September 28, 2017 via mobile

Memorial for those 91 people who were being executed for practicing witchcraft in 1621...It's really sad when you were walking along the corridor inside the fabric cocoon as there's descriptions about the life of the dead being framed on both side of the wall. Also...More

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Reviewed September 12, 2017

very impressive memorial place - nicely done and presented. For me, the number one attraction in Vardo.

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Reviewed September 10, 2017

Steilneset is a memorial to commemorate the 91 people found guilty of witchcraft and burnt at the stake in Vardø during the 17th century. The memorial hall is 100 metres long and filled with 91 small windows and lightbulbs. The monument is a collaboration between...More

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Reviewed August 9, 2017

This is just a short walk from the Hurtigruten stop. The installations are innovative and stunning. There is a free booklet in English that describes the people (mostly women) burned as witches. The landscape is remote and unspoiled. My teenagers found this interesting from an...More

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Reviewed August 3, 2017

Louise Bourgeois and Peter Zumthor are already acclaimed as an artist and architect. This is a powerful memorial to the shameful and bizarre series of killing people for the practice of 'witchcraft'. It's a long trek to get to this region but apart from this...More

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Reviewed July 31, 2017

The long building identifies the people burned in the Finnmark witch trials of the 17th century (all in Norwegian, booklets in English available at the ends), and the smaller black cubicle contains a sobering artwork by Louise Bourgeois called The Damned, The Possessed and The...More

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Reviewed July 9, 2017

Set out by the sea, the building consists of an eternal flame to remember those 91 men and women who were killed during the witch trials. A short walk takes you into a long corridor that has a banter with each person's name and story....More

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