The centre of Tromsø features the largest collection of historical wooden houses north of Trondheim, and is home to one of the most important concentrations of Empire houses in Norway.
Empire is the name of an international style inspired by the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome.
In Tromsø, however, the style has a special twist: the buildings are made of wood, not stone. White doorways with half-columns and hound’s tooth patterns in the window frames – it is all wood.
Since Tromsø grew up in the 1800s, it has been dominated by Empire style architecture and the town centre features one of the most important concentrations of Empire architecture in Norway.