Photographer's Note

Stavanger actually boasts the largest collection of wooden houses in Europe, and has received several awards for the protection of Old Stavanger. This part of Stavanger was one of three pilot projects in Norway during the Arkitekturvernår (Architectural Heritage year) in 1975.
Old Stavanger on the west side of Vågen comprises 173 wooden buildings from the turn of the 18th century. Most houses are small and painted in white. In the old days, it was actually common to bring along your house when you moved from one place to another, and this is actually the case for several of the houses in Old Stavanger. The houses are logged in timber, and they were therefore easy to dismantle and bring along when they moved. Habitually it was people from Ryfylke and the islands north of Stavanger who ventured into the city to find work during the large herring period. They would typically come over in their rowing boats, and they would bring their houses! Today most houses are painted in white; however, it is commonly known that during that time most houses were painted in yellow or read. White paint was too expensive for a working class family. They would typically live confined in these small houses – often several families lived under the same roof.
Old Stavanger is a popular living area and many galleries and handicrafts' boutiques are located in this part of the city. Here are also Norwegian Canning Museum and Stavanger Maritime Museum. (

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