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Panorama picture from Ålesund Municipality in Norway


Nowadays, Ålesund is one of the very few remaining Art Nouveau towns in the world, with an atmosphere and distinctive character valued by inhabitants and visitors alike. Come and see the amazing decorations the colourful facades, and all the turrets that look as if they have been taken from a Mediaeval fairytale book.

The town was devastated by fire in the early hours of the 23rd of January 1904: This even gave rise to a saying in Norway: "I´ve never heard anything like it since Ålesund burnt down". The furious winter storm spread a blaze akin to an explosion, laying the whole town centre in ashes and leaving 10.000 people homeless.