You are admiring the waterfront of Bryggen, the colorful and historic epicenter of Bergen. These Hanseatic Buildings with steep gable roofs appear as they did in the Middle Ages. They are huddled together along the northeast wharf of Vågen bay at Bergen Havn (Port of Bergen). Collectively, they are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This area has been plagued by fires over the centuries. Each time, these buildings were reconstructed using the same materials and plans used by their predecessors. The six houses on the left were rebuilt after flames destroyed them in 1955. The eleven structures on the right are about 250 years older.