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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 more years.

Completely rebuilt after its destruction by Swedish troops in 1679, the town has some 80 wooden houses, most of them standing around courtyards. Many retain their dark pitch-log facades, giving the town a medieval appearance.

It is worth mentioning that many of the miner’s families kept livestock in town… cow for milk and butter, pork for meat, and sheep for the wool! That is why there often is an addition to the house intended for the animals, like here.

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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…

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