Steilneset Memorial

Steilneset Memorial, Vardo

Steilneset Memorial
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Historic Sites • Monuments & Statues
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
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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Steven L
Syracuse, NY815 contributions
Oct. 2019
This memorial is in such stark contrast to the approach to the witch trials from the 1600's in Salem , Massachusetts. It's been totally commercialized in Salem and the tragedy of what happened is buried.
That is not the case in the Steilneset Memorial in Vardo. I was fortunate enough to visit in the dark which makes the lights inside the building even more dramatic. They represent the victims wrongly accused and executed. The eternal flame in a large black cube outside is also sobering.
Written 8 November 2019
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Colin582
Melbourne263 contributions
Oct. 2019
Tucked away on the south side of Vardo this is not so impressive from the outside. But the inside opens up a strange eerie monument for the women killed as witches.
Written 5 October 2019
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AP194R
Perth, Australia791 contributions
Mar. 2019 • Friends
A great monument for the ' witches ' that were burnt here in the past . A very nice monument which is thought provoking with a dark passage with names etc of those who perished.
Written 24 March 2019
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Werner1960
Ulm, Germany59 contributions
Feb. 2019 • Couples
Really impressive. A „must see“ and unique experience to walk through the dark corridor. The cube with the eternal flame is also very impressive. Unfortunately no translations into other languages available.
Written 2 March 2019
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K3417QQjamesm
Ashland, VA28 contributions
Sep. 2018 • Friends
A really interesting part of the Norwegian history on the witch trials and what happened to so many people, nice place to walk to and read about the individuals
Written 30 September 2018
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Reisetigern
Oslo, Norway44 contributions
Jul. 2018 • Friends
An original memorial to the women burned in the fire following accusations for witchcraft. A good location by the sea. The installation itself is quite atmospheric consisting of a long dark hallway with enlightened individual memorials.
Written 17 July 2018
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Paul H
Southampton, UK1,221 contributions
Jun. 2018 • Couples
A beutiful place to place a monument like this. words cannot explain , best seen in late in the day. ..
Written 21 June 2018
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Ragnar Otterstad
Lunde, Norway149 contributions
May 2018 • Business
I have never seen a memorial like this before. The history behind it is terrible and gives us a insight of en era, that fortunately is over..
Written 18 May 2018
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Vitaliy S
5 contributions
Oct. 2017 • Friends
You have to visit it at night because only at night you can feel the sorrow of the place more better.
Written 5 April 2018
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Suellen T
Hobart, Australia48 contributions
Dec. 2017 • Family
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' before that. This meant being thrown into the sea with hands and feet tied - this was a way of getting evidence if they (men and women) were a witch. Each story hung next to an exposed hanging light bulb and little window - so glad they had a little book with English translation! Lisbet's story - apparently she hid the evil one under her skirt, the devil in her heart, and could conjure storms.

Next to the walk through of stories in one structure, is another structure with a permanent flame fixed into a chair representing the burning. Above it hangs mirrors representing the jury that passed judgement. The atmosphere is moody and soulful. The architecture and design wonderful. Worth a visit.
Written 27 December 2017
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