An Art Deco Treasure – Ålesund, Norway


I never would’ve guessed that one of the world’s great collections of Art Nouveau architecture would be in Norway. But it is, in Ålesund.

In 1904, the city was completely destroyed by fire.  It took just three years for the city to be rebuilt, with help and donations from the European community.  Because it was 1904, the style was Art Nouveau. What surprised me the most was the variety of features, no two buildings are alike and they have been extremely well-maintained. What a treasure.  Anyone who loves Art Nouveau needs to research this collection of buildings.

My favorite Art Nouveau facade.

My favorite Art Nouveau façade.

The pretty fishing port town covers several islands and is a delight to walk around.  We came upon a street food fair featuring all sorts of local meats, fish, waffles, and more; everything smelled delicious.  Having just eaten, we just enjoyed looking and watching.


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