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.

- UNESCO (CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0)

2 sites in this World Heritage

  • Røros Mining Town Cultural Landscapes and Winter Transport Route
  • Femundshytta

Røros Mining Town Cultural Landscapes and Winter Transport Route

Femundshytta

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DATA

Region
Europe
Country
Norway 
Category
Cultural
Name
Røros Mining Town and the Circumference
Selection Criteria (?)
(iii)(iv)(v)
Year of Registered
1980
Year of Revised
2010
Keyword
Mining Site, Registered in 1980, Revised in 2010