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The town of Røros is one of the oldest towns of wooden buildings in Europe, and also one of the few mining towns in the world that has been found worthy of a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The town centre boasts a rare collection of large and well-preserved wooden buildings, made all the more real and authentic by the fact that the people of today live and work in them.
Røros is unique. To quote the well-known Norwegian author Johan Falkberget, the town is “a place of whispering history”. Legend has it that the origin of the mining operations and the town of Røros was actually a reindeer buck and the farmer Hans Olsen Aasen. One day in 1644, when Hans Olsen Aasen was out hunting, he took aim and shot as he had done many times before. Before the reindeer fell, it kicked a stone into the sunlight, where it sparkled
Two years later, in 1646, the first smelting works had been completed beside the river Hyttelva, and the history of “Bergstaden” – the mining town – could begin.
Røros, the region’s main town, is well-known for its craftsmen, charming shops, courtyards and workshops. The entire town centre is wonderfully preserved and now protected.