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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