Art Nouveau Ålesund – mid-summer evening light

Ålesund is Norway's Art Nouveau gem. On a beautiful mid-summer evening, near the longest day of the year, the slowly setting sun adds its colorful polish to Ålesund. After a devastating fire in 1904, during the course of which pratically the entire town was destroyed, Ålesund had to be rebuilt. Warships arrived with materials to build temporary shelters and barracks. After a period of planning, the town was rebuilt in stone, brick, and mortar in Jugendstil (Art Nouveau), the architectural style of the time. The structures were designed by approximately 20 master builders and 30 Norwegian architects. Photos © Rick Shupper and Michael H. Holtermann.

Molja Lighthouse stands at the entrance to Ålesund's harbor.

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Photos © Rick Shupper and Michael H. Holtermann.

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