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I’m continuing this small series of images telling the story of Røros today, with the special architecture dating back often a hundred and many more years.

In Røros the houses of the better off are side by side with the houses of the miners, and usually the only way to distinguish is by the size. Today’s house is among the larger, and was probably built by a rich merchant or maybe by one of the bosses from the mining company.

The always returning nightmare in Røros is… what if there is a fire? The disaster would be complete if so happened, the wooden houses are built butt to butt and a fire would most likely be devastating to the centre of this old mining town!

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Røros is a former mining town in Central Norway, located in a mountain area not far from the border to Sweden. The old town has maintained much of its original character, including a street plan dating from the 17th century, and timber houses from the 18th and 19th centuries.

The only reason for founding a town in this place was the fact copper was discovered in the area, and Røros Copper Mining Company was established in 1644. The company was operative for 333 years, until closure in 1977.

Røros has been on the UN World Heritage List since 1980, and today the place is more or less a living museum…

Today the municipality of Røros has 5632 inhabitants, and most of them are living in or near the town centre.

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Additional Photos by Pablo Minto (pablominto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9892 W: 315 N: 14432] (53746)
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