Thursday, 19 March 2009


Postmarked, I think, Posten Norge, dated 11 March 2009.
NORGE: Røros
Foto: NK/T Aalde

From the 17th century until 1972, Røros was a centre for copper mining.  It is built entirely of wood.  The road layout is much the same as it was in the 16th century, and many of the the houses date from the 17th and 18 centuries. The wooden houses and centre of the town are on UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites.  The curch is interesting too, built in 1784 and able to contain up to 2,000 people.  The pews and benches were divided up accordint to ranl.  The privieged were able to worship in curtained boxes along the sides of the church.  The divisions were maintained even in the cemetery.  The mining company's prayers were said three times a day:
‘Let them be satisfied with their position and lot in life, in wisdom oh God you have chosen high and low, rich and poor, and given them their troubles and their burdens. By the sweat of his brow shall man earn his bread.’
 If anyone can tell me how to pronounce Røros, I'd be interested to learn.  I have wondered for years how to pronounce ø.

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