Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří

Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří  is a transboundary UNESCO Tentative site composed of 13 component parts located in Czech Republic and Germany. Krupka in Czech Republic and Altenberg in Germany are two of those 13 nominated locations. 

This tentative site is a large-scale example of a decentralised mining landscape in a Central European mountain region that lies in the southeast of Germany and extends to the Czech Republic – the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains).

Foto: Ivan Tichy
The Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří illustrates the formative influence of mining and metallurgy on the development of the landscape and its culture in an exceptional way. For more than 800 years, from the 12th to the 21th century, the region was actively shaped by mining activities.
Based on mining and metallurgy, the “industrialization” of the region took place in different historical stages.
Together the component parts provide a lively comprehensive insight into all aspects of miner’s world.The component parts reflect also the transboundary nature of the Bohemian and Saxon Erzgebirge. 

Fotos: Thomas Böttger
The serial property has to be understood as a geographical, historical and cultural unit illustrating both the mining activities and the interaction between two communities which shared a long common history. Mining and metallurgy had formed an important and worldwide recognised trade and economic region which is still today strongly influenced by its mining traditions. Especially the developments in the field of mining sciences and technologies contributed to the development of other mining regions in Europe and the World. - in:

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