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The old mining town of Røros, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Innovation Norway
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The old mining town of Røros, Norway Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Innovation Norway

The old mining town of Røros

UNESCO protected Røros is the most famous and evocative of Norway's mining towns.

More than three centuries old, Røros is known for its collection of around 100 well-preserved buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Many of Norway's old wooden towns have long burned to the ground, but the Old Town of Røros is still so authentic that film companies regularly use the town as an authentic backdrop

With its authentic wooden buildings, Røros was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Special stone church

Zion's Church, or Ziir as it is locally known, towers above the town's log houses. Built in 1784, this octagonal stone church is said to have held 2,000 worshippers.

In its baroque grandeur, it was the only beautiful thing in this toiling town. The church is open weekdays all year, with guided tours daily from 10 am - 5 pm during the tourist season.

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The old mining town of Røros, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Innovation Norway

The old mining town of Røros

UNESCO protected Røros is the most famous and evocative of Norway's mining towns.

The old mining town of Røros

Source: Visitnorway

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