The old town of Ålesund was destroyed
by fire in the very beginning of the 20th
century. Substantial international aid
flowed in, including large amounts from
Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, hwo used
to take holidays in Ålesund. This allowed
for the town to be rebuilt in the best
modern style of the time.
After the fire, only 230 houses were remaining
in Ålesund. A remarkable effort from the
local population, travellers from near and far
and other contributors, the town was rebuilt
already in 1907. A new town rose phoenix-like
from the ashes - in the distinctive Art
Nouveau style - a remarkably homogenous
architecture: a striking, local interpretation of
Art Nouveau concentrated in a limited area.
In only three years, more
than 320 Art Nouveau
buildings were constructed
side by side in a compact
central area, creating what
is perhaps Europe's most
complete Art Nouveau
Like a Norwegian Venice the beautiful town of Ålesund has water on all sides, canals, bridges,
a stunning architecture
Jugendstilsenteret - The Art Nouveau Centre of Norway.
Swan at the entrance of The Art Nouveau Centre (Jugendstilsenteret) in
Ålesund. Originally the Swan Pharmacy
Entrance to the Art Nouveau Centre. Architect: Hagbarth Schytte-Berg, 1905-1907.
were inspired by
- influences, as
well as by
Alesund’s architecture is
characterized by turrets,
frontages, and other touches
that give the city a distinct
Stone Faced. Alesund's architecture pays tribute to Nordic mythology and other elements.
This city block, with facades following the curved street, is characteristic of the
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