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Røros Mining Town remains on World Heritage List. UNESCO has extended the World Heritage site status of the Mining Town of Røros and the Circumference area. The site was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1980, and comprises three parts: the town and Cultural Landscapes, the Femundshytta smelter and the Winter Transport Route, with the Circumference as the buffer area to preserve the visual effect. Established in the 17th century, Røros is associated with the copper mines that were exploited for 333 years until 1977.

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Røros Mining Town remains on World Heritage List

Published on Thursday, 5th August, 2010 at 10:47 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

UNESCO has extended the World Heritage site status of the Mining Town of Røros and the Circumference area.

View of Røros from the slag heaps. R: smelthytta
View of Røros from the slag heaps. R: smelthytta
Photo: China_Crisis/Wikimedia Commons


The site was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1980, and comprises three parts: the town and Cultural Landscapes, the Femundshytta smelter and the Winter Transport Route, with the Circumference as the buffer area to preserve the visual effect.

Established in the 17th century, Røros is associated with the copper mines that were exploited for 333 years until 1977.

The culture that developed in the area is specific to the cold climate conditions, with mountain plains preventing access to the remote town for most of the year.

Approximately 2,000 one and two-storey wooden houses with blackened facades give Røros a medieval look.

At the recent meeting in Brazil, UNESCO also declared four sites in Georgia, Madagascar, Uganda and the US as endangered, while the American Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument was added to the mixed (natural and cultural) sites.

New natural sites from China, France, Kiribati, Russia and Sri Lanka, along with 15 new cultural sites were also added to this year’s list.

Amongst the countries now with extended World Heritage sites are Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Romania, Portugal, and Italy, whilst the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) were removed.

A total of 21 sites were added this year, bringing the World Heritage List total to 911.




Published on Thursday, 5th August, 2010 at 10:47 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

This post has the following tags: roeros, mining, town, circumference, area, unesco, world, heritage, sites, list, femundshytta, winter, transport, route, papahnaumokukea, marine, national, monument.





  
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