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The Norwegian town of Stavanger retains a peaceful, easy-going feel – which perhaps has something to do with the fact that there aren’t any skyscrapers or high rises, just a charming town centre of lovingly preserved traditional buildings (some of which have survived since the 18th century). On a Norwegian cruise to Stavanger, take time to get lost and discover some of these architectural gems – the medieval Stavanger Domkirke is a great place to start. Rebuilt after a fire in 1272, it blends baroque, gothic and Romanesque architecture to spell-binding effect. Stavanger is also your base for exploring some of the iconic landmarks nearby, such as Lysefjorden, a 42km-long fjord, and Preikestolen. Also known as Pulpit Rock, this flat-topped cliff is a popular photo spot so get there early in the morning for the best chance of having it to yourself. Back in town, learn more about Stavanger’s past by paying a visit to the Stavanger Museum. You’ll find exhibits which detail Norway’s Viking history, as well as the Norwegian Children’s Museum, which features over 6000 toys (perfect for keeping little ones entertained). Finish off your visit to this southwestern town by taking a stroll around the Jernaldergarden, an open-air exhibition which recreates life on an Iron Age farm.