National Geographic : 1924 Jun
676 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Donald McLeish THE ENTRANCE TO THE ANCIENT HANSEATIC "GAARD," IN BERGEN Bergen's commercial prosperity in early times was due to the merchants of that giant medieval trust, the Hanseatic League, which established an office here in 1445. The timber gaarde, or warehouses, provided quarters for the merchants and their assistants. The wooden figure above this entrance represents a workman in the dress of the period. He holds a small ax, used to kill and cut fish, for which Bergen is still an important trading center in Scandinavia.