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We weren't too lucky with the weather, when we arrived in Alesund on the cruise ship "Ryndam".
So, unfortunately, the visit of the "Art Nouveau" town centre had to be cut down and this is the best picture I could get of it when we were back on board after our day's outing in Aksla forest.

Before 1904, most houses had been built in wood as usual in Scandinavia. But at that date, a great fire stirred by violent winds ravaged the whole city as never before in Norway, it seems.
The population had to flee the town in the middle of the night at a few minutes notice, and luckily only 1 person of the 10 000 inhabitants died. But they were all left without shelter.
However Kaiser Wilhelm of Prussia, who had often been on vacation in the region sent 4 warships of material to build temporary shelters....

Soon the town was rebuilt in stone in the ART NOUVEAU style, which was the fashion all over Europe at the time. It now boasts the most important collection of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe.
The French term "Art Nouveau" prevailed in many countries, while quaintly enough, the term used in France was "Modern Style" at a time when English words started to invade the language.

The church on the right is "Alesund Kirke", and the yellow building behind with the little cupola is "Aspoy Skole". "Aspoy" is the name of 1 of the 3 islands on which Alesund is built.
The street going up is "Aspe Gata".

Here is a clearer picture of "Art Nouveau" buildings by our friend ChrisJ

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