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Ålesund, modernism among the Norwegian Fjords

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Alesund from Aksla, Norway

I don't know how many times you will read the comparison “how a Phoenix came back from its ashes”, but rarely will they be as suitable as when talking about Ålesund, the maritime city that was razed by a fire and that ended up becoming a inhabited museum of modernism in Norway.

Interestingly, trade with Spain was one of the factors that contributed to the development of the small one, in the 17th century, Ålesund.

Sending shipments of cod in salted fish to Bilbao In 1824 the reverse route was made, with dozens of peninsular ships arriving in Ålesund since 1835, waiting here for weeks to finish drying the fish.

Ålesundet Canal, Ålesund, Norway

Fish trade, the expansion of the port and the creation of trade routes with South America made Ålesund grow in economic importance and in population during the second half of the nineteenth century.

Where in Norway was it? the largest fishing fleet of steamboats? In Alesund, of course.

With that background, the twentieth century dawned brightly for Alesund until the tragedy ensued.

The Ålesund fire

In the early hours of January 23, 1904, a flame that nobody was watching in a cannery caused a real catastrophe when it started the biggest fire in the history of the city.

Aided the flames by a storm, in less than 24 hours 850 houses turned to ash. The wooden constructions showed their fragility before their greatest enemy and more than 1 people stayed in the street.

Miraculously, you just had to regret the loss of a human life, that of the old Ane Heen.

Ålesundet Canal, Ålesund, Norway

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