|Its all about ships
Norway's fourth largest city, Stavanger grew
to prominence as a fish canning center.
However, in more reason years, it has
become the capital for Norway's offshore oil
and gas industry.
While Stavanger is a commercial center, it is
also a cultural center. Indeed, in 2008 it was
designated a European capital of culture.
Many of its historic buildings have been
preserved and the city is a mix of the old and
Stavanger has a unique collection of
museums, some of which are devoted to
unusual topics. For example, it has a
museum devoted to fish canning, a museum
about the oil industry and a telephony
museum. There are also museums devoted
to more typical topics such as archaeology,
art, the city's history, maritime history, and
graphic arts. Stavanger also has a children's
museum and a Norwegian emigration center.
Cruise ship's dock in the center of town.
Within easy walking distance is the main city
square, the cathedral, and the old quarter of
Outside of town, King Harold the Fair-haired
triumphed in a battle that made him king of
all of Norway thus uniting the country. The
site of the battle is marked by three
sculptures of giant swords buried point down
in the earth.
Also outside of Stavanger is a reconstructed
Iron Age farm in Ullandhaug showing what
life was like 1,500 years ago.
In the same area is the Ullandaugtanet
Tower, a television tower with a viewing
platform with panoramic views of Stavanger
and the surrounding countryside.
Left: The Petroleum
the Kongsgard is quite close to the cruise ship pier.
The waterfront area near the cruise ship pier has
well-kept shops and cobble stone streets.
Cruise ports - photo tour - Norwegian Fjords- Stavanger, Norway
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Next to the cruise pier is Gamle Stavanger, the old quarter
of the city. It has the largest collection of 18th Century
wooden buildings (173 houses) in northern Europe. Once a
working class district, the area is meticulously maintained
homes, art studios and gardens.
Stavanger Cathedral was begun
in 1125 under the direction of the
Bishop of Winchester.
An Iron Age farm has been
reconstructed just outside of
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Above: A park surrounds the Breiavatnet near the Cathedral.
Left: The Guard's Museum.