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In the center of town, the Rådhus, or Town Hall, is better known as the second-largest timber building in Norway and the country's single tallest timber structure. It was originally built in 1815 by a rich shipowner but became the town hall in 1844. Regrettably, the city fathers of the late 1800s made some unfortunate decisions, such as flattening the dramatic domed ceiling. The elegant original staircase remains, and the hall also contains about 300 antique portraits, many from the 19th century -- and some of them quite amusing. If you're Norwegian, look for some of your ancestors.