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Alesund’s Art Nouveau-a photo essay

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On the night of January 23, 1904, a devastating fire ripped through the Norwegian city of Alesund, destroying all of the buildings in its city center save for one (miraculously only one person died in this tragic event). Historically, most Norwegian towns were built largely of wood including the structures in Alesund, and so after the fire a law was created mandating that all new buildings in the city center be made of stone, not wood.

What makes Alesund such a unique place to visit, in addition to the gorgeous surrounding fjords and tall peaks of the Sunnmøre Alps of course, is that it has a large concentration of Art Nouveau architecture. You see, at the time reconstruction efforts were taking place, Art Nouveau was all the rage in Europe and Alesund took part in this movement by constructing its new buildings in this cutting edge (at the time) architectural style.

Alesund is a beautiful place to visit and one that you’ll always remember since I think for most people, Art Nouveau is not something you would immediately connect with small city Norway and yet, there it is.

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Which photo is your favorite?

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    Emma
    June 30, 2015 at 5:47 am

    It looks like such a pretty city. Art Nouveau isn’t typically one of my favourite styles, but I love how the Art Nouveau elements are mixed with the more traditionally scandinavian styles.

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      Julie
      July 2, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      It really was gorgeous! And all the more special since I think most people outside of Norway/Scandinavia are probably not too familiar with it. I definitely agree-it was so cool to see the Norwegian symbols of the old mixed in with the new (Art Nouveau) 🙂

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    Sandrine
    July 17, 2015 at 8:54 am

    My favourite is the one with the yellow flowers on the wall. I love Art Nouveau, so it’s easy for me to find these pictures and these buildings so nice.

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      Julie
      July 18, 2015 at 9:28 am

      That was one of my favorites too. Although the skies were a bit overcast the day we visited, the flowers on the buildings definitely brightened things 🙂 I agree, Art Nouveau style is simply beautiful.

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