Saturday, 11 January 2014

Røros Mining Town, Norway

Ok, I'll try to finish the update I started yesterday. :P ...starting off with this gorgeous Norwegian Unesco card that was one of the cards I received as part of the 'winner of the month' lottery in September last year. It's always such a pleasure to receive postcards from Cathrine, she's so thoughtful and I love it how her cards are so full of writing, too :)

Røros Mining Town and the Circumference is linked to the copper mines, established in the 17th century and exploited for 333 years until 1977. The site comprises the Town and its industrial-rural cultural landscapes; Femundshytta, a smelter with its associated area; and the Winter Transport Route. Completely rebuilt after its destruction by Swedish troops in 1679, Røros contains about 2000 wooden one- and two-storey houses and a smelting house. Many of these buildings have preserved their blackened wooden façades, giving the town a medieval appearance. Surrounded by a buffer zone, coincident with the area of privileges (the Circumference) granted to the mining enterprise by the Danish-Norwegian Crown (1646), the property illustrates the establishment and flourishing of a lasting culture based on copper mining in a remote region with a harsh climate.

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