Explore: Alesund, Norway
I am drawn to places around the world that have rich, interesting history and architecture, and Alesund, Norway fits that criteria. Although a small sea port town, Alesund has a large history. On January 23, 1904, there was an enormous fire, later named Alesund Fire, that engulfed the entire town, destroying the wooden homes of over 10,000 people. The town was rebuilt using stone, brick, and mortar in the architectural style of Art Nouveau. The style is not only represented in the buildings, there are some shops and museums dedicated to art nouveau artists. Another attraction is the many gorgeous fjords that are scattered over the town. Keeping with the water theme, Alesund is also home to the largest salt aquarium in Northern Europe, the Atlantic Sea Park, where visitors can participate in a wide range of activities such as diving and fish feeding. Alesund may be a small town, but if you’re into art and water activities, it seems like there are sites to see at every corner.
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