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.
View of Ålesund from Aksla Mountain
This video shows the street scene as of 2012, still very much like it was rebuilt more than a hundred years ago. A beautiful city.
I started out making a mini-series of short videos from the western coast of Norway – the fjord country – on my YouTube channel. The videos are a combination of textual narrative, video clips, animated photos and music from Norway. Here is the YouTube playlist. I then decided to include the videos and selected photos as entries on my blog, along with short descriptions. Some of the articles have been developing over time and now include much more.