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In the past wood was the primary building material in Trondheim. Many wooden houses were preserved in the city centre and along the water areas: the Nidelva River, which surrounds the city centre from three sides, and the Canal Harbour, which occupies the fourth, north side, and separates the centre from the artificial island of Brattøra.
You can find the most typical Trondheim wooden houses in these streets: Kjøpmannsgata (parallel to the Nidelva River), Fjordgata and Sandgata (parallel to the Canal Harbour). Good views of the wooden houses are from the bridges: Gamle Bybru (Old Town Bridge) over the Nidelva and Jernbanebrua (Railway Bridge) over the Canal Harbour.
The Canal Harbour in Trondheim, together with the artificial island of Brattøra, originated by raising sand from the Trondheimsfjord in the northern part of the city. Today Brattøra is Trondheim’s main transportation terminal – Trondheim Port and Central Train Station are situated here. The Canal Harbour serves mainly for small private and sightseeing boats.
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