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At latitude of 62 degrees North, Rřros Mining Town is situated between 620 and 675 metres above sea level and is surrounded by bare mountains that clearly define the outer edge of the town's urban landscape. The town has a typical inland climate with cool summers and harsh winters. Mining started here in 1644. A smelting works was built on the river Hitterelven and a settlement grew up on the gentle slopes of the valley, initially on the west bank of the river, spreading later to the east bank too. The town was burnt down by Swedish troops in 1678 and again in 1679, but the mining town was quickly rebuilt and has never burnt since then. However, the smelting house has burnt down several times. The same copper-mining company, Rřros Kobberverk, ran the copper-works for 333 years from 1644 until it went bankrupt in 1977.

The Mining Town contains wooden buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Malmplassen with the smelting house "Smeltehytta" (now the Rřros Museum) comprises the heart of the world heritage site, surrounded by the black slag heaps and the large white-washed masonry church built in 1784.

On the photo the way to the slag heaps behind the museum. The town is very imporessive and beautiful. In WS the colour version.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12354 W: 133 N: 31787] (146979)
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