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Vågen Harbor
Stavanger and surrounding
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Unusual places

If you have a close look at the city of Stavanger you will notice that It seems to be divided into two parts: one house is white, the other is colored. A kind of border of architectural differences is Vågen Harbor – one of the most beautiful places in Norway.

The harbor all the time served as a trading port of Stavanger. In the heyday of the city, more than 250 warehouses were located on the shore. In those days the water was right at the houses, so the goods were delivered immediately to the second floor of buildings (note the large windows that were made so that bags of goods could easily pass into the warehouse).

Now it may seem that all the beauty that stands on the shores of the harbor is ancient. In fact, it is not. Numerous fires destroyed most of the old warehouses, only 60 of them were preserved. The rest of the houses were built after 1910. However, thanks to the careful attention to the appearance of the city by the architects, the unique architectural ensemble was preserved.

The place is attractive not only for its beauty. The most interesting sights are located along the harbor: the market square, museums, and tourist shops. They allow visitors of the city to buy trolls of all types and sizes.

Vågen Harbor houses events ranging from sporting events to major music festivals. This is no accident since the harbor is the only large open space in the city of Stavanger.

There are also interesting monuments, such as a monument to sunken and decommissioned ships. It was built from fragments of old ships in 1967. The author made a monument of such an unusual shape that the locals called it a shrimp. Besides, there is a memorial to the explorers of the North Pole. There is also a monument to the Governor of Stavanger and small sculptures of animals. These are mobile street decorations that are used to block traffic at the right time, but not to spoil the city's appearance with the world-wide orange cones or road signs.

Address: Vågen

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