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Mandal is a town and municipality in Vest-Agder county, Norway. The administrative center of the municipality is the town of Mandal.

Mandal is a very popular holiday resort, with its mild and refreshing summer climate. It is famous for its long-stretching beaches surrounding the town. Sjøsanden (The Sea Sand) is the most famous beach, as it stretches for almost a kilometre just outside the town centre. It is frequently ranked as one of Norways most popular beaches.

The city center is known for its charming concentration of old, white wooden houses and the Mandal river running through it. Another attraction is the citys church: Mandal kirke. It is the largest wooden church in Norway, with 1,800 seats and a pulpit on the wall behind the altar.

The sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) was born in Mandal, and has a museum dedicated to him here. Vigelands main achievement is the Vigeland Sculpture Park (Vigelandsparken) in Oslo.

The painter Adolph Tidemand (1814-1876) was also born in Mandal. His most famous painting is the national romantic image of a traditional wedding on the Hardanger fjord, which he made together with Hans Gude.

Because of these and other artists, like Amaldus Nielsen and Olaf Isaachsen, the town is sometimes called The Little Town with the Great Artists.

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