After a couple of glimpses, which I hope have been tantalising enough (
), I thought I would now show the remainder.
The site is in Norwegian, but there is a link in the sidebar to an English version, which many (except Morten) will probably want to use instead.
Røros is a little treasure of a town. It had been an important copper mining area from the 1640s until the 1970s, when the last of the mines closed. With a population of around 5,000, the town is now a popular tourist spot, especially now that it has been made a UNESCO World Heritage town. This is partly due to not only its rich mining heritage, but also its buildings, which have remained pretty much as they were in the preceding centuries: Norway is built out of wood, and it has only been in recent years that people have become aware of conservation; whilst most towns, including my own Tynset, ripped down buildings that were falling into disrepair, somehow Røros managed to be missed.
It provides a unique insight into a way of life that was very different from today's Norway, one where poverty was ripe and people literally worked until they dropped.
So, some lovely old buildings, a few ruined and abandoned mines, a few galleries, etc. etc. etc.
This is the end of the first stage. There will be more added, once the snow has gone. Not all good images, sadly, but I know which are the worst and which I shall replace in the coming few months. My favourites are the images of the Martnan (Market), puerly for the challenges that crowds provide the photographer. This occurs once a year at the end of winter so I had to try and make it count: I shot these over two days; the first day was a brisk -20 degrees, so taking the images proved to be a little tiresome. I went back the next, when it was only -4, but the blue sky had turned to a nice shade of grey.
There are a couple of galleries at the moment. One is that of Per Lysgaard, who makes fantastic sculptures and has a fetish (have a look at the big French tickler in his back yard at the bottom end of Kjerkgata). The other, Per Sverre Dahl's pottery on Mørkstugata is good fun; one shows his famous figures of the Rolling Stones.
I hope they provide a little enjoyment.http://roros360.com