Sailors`Memorial Hall outside Stavern is Norway's first memorial for sailors who lost their lives during the First World War and the Second World War.
Tourists can visit the Memorial Hall all summer long.
The memomial is pyramid-formed, and is erected in commemoration of all Norwegian sailors in the fishing fleet and the merchant navy who lost their lives in naval service for Norway during World War I and World War II.
Minnehallen - the name in Norwegian - is meant to resemble a beacon, and is built by blocks of granite from a rock nearby. It was opened by HM King Haakon 7. in 1926 after two years of construction work.
About 15.000 people visit the memorial from May to September every year. They find a 32-metre wide frieze inside the main hall that depicts epoques from the dramatic lives of sailors.
In front of the sarcophagus wrapped in the Norwegian flag you find the famous sculpture "Abyss", and in the crypt 7562 sailors' names are carved on copper plates.
At the altar in the main hall is engraved a commemorative poem to the sailors made by Norwegian poet Henrik Wildenvey.
Opening hours from May 15th to end of August are 11.00-18.00, but group bookings may be arranged off season.
Minnehallen, Kakenveien, 3290 Stavern
47 33 19 71 10 (opening hours)/
47 33 16 53 50 (outside opening hours)