Røros World Heritage Site
333 years of mining activity on the mountain slopes of Røros created wealth for the owners and the State, a livelihood for the workers and a world heritage site for posterity.
The mining town of Røros was included on the list of World Heritage Sites in 1980. 333 years of mining and animal husbandry in the town created a unique town on the mountain slopes. The reason for inclusion in the list reads:
Røros is a unique mining town built exclusively of wood. The town has for 333 years been a melting pot of cultures and influences from Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Trondheim and the surrounding district. This has resulted in a wooden house environment, which represents much of Norway?s finest traditions, and is unique in our country?s industrial, social, cultural and architectural areas. The mining town of Røros and its surroundings is a characteristic example of a special traditional style of wood architecture creating a unique town 600 metres above sea level.
The wooden houses and the centre of the town are included on the list. The mining town has retained much of its original structure in the layout of the streets from the 1600s, and the wooden houses built in the1700 and 1800s.