Vernice’s visit to Alesund, Norway

While on a recent cruise to see the fiords of Norway, we stopped at Alesund. 
An interesting town with a tragic history.“ One stormy winter’s night in 1904, Ålesund was devastated by a dramatic fire which razed the whole town to the ground and made more than 10,000 people homeless. However, Ålesund was very quickly rebuilt in the distinctive Art Nouveau style by young architects and craftsmen. This gave the town a unique architectural style, and Ålesund now has the biggest continuous concentration of Art Nouveau buildings in Norway. This architectural gem is known as Norway’s Venice”  (
I particularly wanted to see the Art Nouveau museum there. Unfortunately we did not have enough time to walk around the town to see many of the buildings but I managed to take photos of these two. 

The Art Nouveau Museum is located in a building which was once a pharmacy and the Reception/Shop area still has the original shop fittings.

The descriptions were in Norwegian so I am unable to give you any detailed information on the exhibits.

 The following photos are of the only textiles on display.  As you can see from the close ups, they are all woven.

Wallpapers used within the building

Some of the decorative items on display around the house.

Jewellery and Buttons.

There were some exquisite items in this section but the way they were displayed meant they were not easy to photograph so you cannot really see the workmanship.

As with the jewellery, these were difficult to photograph and the workmanship was amazing.

What an amazing trip, thank you so much for sharing this with us, Vernice

Story and photos thanks to Vernice C


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