Watch a video from Ålesund. The city burned down in 1904 and resurrected like a phoenix bird in a completely new costume. Over a hundred years later, it continues to fascinate.
In the night of January 23rd 1904 practically the entire wooden town centre of Ålesund on the Norwegian West Coast was destroyed in a fire. The disaster hit the news headlines all across the world and a major restoration effort took place. During the following three years the centre was rebuilt, this time using stone as building material. The architecture was mainly “Art Nouveau” style with turrets, spires, gables and fantastic ornamentation.
This video from Ålesund shows the street scene as of 2012, still very much like it became more than a hundred years ago. As you will see, it is a beautiful city.
Audio: “Segue in C” from the album “The First Time – The Count Meets The Duke” by Duke Ellington and Count Basie
Watch the video from Ålesund, then read more from my visit.
You will find a number of videos from Norway and other countries on Sandalsand’s YouTube channel. As you can see from the link above, that’s where the original videos are. In addition they all appear in separate articles on this website.