Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Røros - Norway

Rita "jenta" is a russian girl who recently travel to Norway. She was supposed to spend 3 weeks there and she volunteered to send a few unesco cards from there. Unfortunatelly she got sick and had to cancel her tour from South Norway to Troms. I hope she's feeling better by now and thanks for the Røros card, which is a new unesco site in my collection.

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. - in: www.whc.unesco.org/en/list/55

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