Bergen got its own stock exchange in 1862, and – as is right and proper – it was built in the city’s very best location. Ever since the opening, Vågsallmenningen 1 has been a key meeting point for influential locals and prominent visitors. The unique building in neoclassical style was originally designed by Franz Wilhelm Shiertz, and was then altered based on drawings by Lars Solberg during the period 1890–1893.
It is considered one of Bergen’s most important Renaissance Revival buildings, and in addition to cater for prominent guests in Bergen Børs Hotel, it is also home to one of Norway’s national treasures. The so-called Fresco Hall – decorated with frescoes depicting local industry and commerce – is well worth a visit when you are already in the building.