During the 46 year reign of Haakon IV Haakonsson (1217 – 1263), Norway reached its peak of prosperity. The epicenter was Bergenhus Fortress (Bergenhus Festning). The king added this elaborate hall in 1260. This makes Haakon’s Hall the oldest surviving structure at the former palace complex. Imagine the royal events, feasts and weddings hosted here during the balance of the 13th century. Håkonshallen suffered many periods of decline and renovations. The last major restoration was in 1961. The historic property is now managed by the Royal Norwegian Navy and the Bergen City Museum.