The Oil Industry Centre

By: Douglas Scott

The city of Stavanger is located on a peninsula on the south west coast of Norway. Norway in a setting of sandy but very chilly North Sea beaches. The city is a combination of new and old. It has received several awards for its efforts to preserve Old Stavanger. The Old Stavanger comprises of 173 wooden buildings from the turn of the 18th century. Most of them are small, white cottages.

It has always been a bustling seaport with a thriving fish-canning industry. it also remains a charming sea port amid beautiful surroundings.

The Stavanger region is designate as a European Capital of Culture 2008.

In 1969, oil was first discovered in the North Sea. After much discussion Stavanger was chosen to be the on-shore centre for the oil industry on the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, and a period of hectic growth followed.

The Pedestrian Shopping Streets is so nicely compact, easy and interesting to walk around. Scattered at different ends are also three small, very nice shopping malls, Arkaden, Blaa Magasin and Torget Terrasse.

Straen, is the largest surviving wooden house settlement in northern Europe. It is a beautiful area of little wooden houses and cobbled streets along the west side of the harbour and they vary in age from less than 100 to about 300 years.

Vaagen is the harbour at the heart of Stavanger Norway. There are a number of bars and cafes and places to eat. Most of the nightlife lies around a round the Vaagen. Beer and spirits are outrageously expensive in Norway but wine is more reasonably priced.

Stavanger and the surrounding area around have some of Norway's finest beaches. Vaulen is one of the most popular beache.

Pulpit Rock or Preikestolen, Prekestolen in Norwegian, is one of the areas most profound tourist attractions. The original name of the rock formation is Hyvlatonna which means the tooth of a wood plane. This natural rock formation with a 25 meter squared plateau stands 604 meters above the sea.

The Swords in Rock was where Harald Harfagre fought a battle that united Norway into one kingdom in 872 AD. The monument represents peace, unity and freedom. The Viking swords hilts are modelled on swords found in various parts of the country. The monument was made by Friz Raed and unveiled by King Olav in 1983. The crowns on the tops of the swords represent the Norwegian districts that took part in the epic battle for unification.

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