A cultural treasure before the blaze

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UPDATED: The Norwegian mountain town of Lærdalsøyri, hit by a devastating fire over the weekend, has long contained what historians call a “unique” concentration of small wooden houses on par with the better-known preserved districts of Gamle Stavanger and the neighbourhood behind Bryggen in Bergen. Conservationists were cautiously optimistic on Monday that the majority of the buildings from the 1700s and 1800s were spared. Here’s what the area looked like on a summer day in 2012:

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