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Völklingen Ironworks
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 19-20th century
Date of Inscription: 1994
Location: Europe, Germany, State of Saarland
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Description: The city of Völklingen is dominated by 6 ha ironworks. Despite having recently gone out of production, they are the single surviving example, in all of Western Europe and North America that is still in tact, of an integrated ironworks constructed and equipped in the 19th and 20th centuries. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Völklinger Hütte ("Völklingen Ironworks") is located in the German town of Völklingen, Saarland. In 1994, it was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. It is an anchor point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH). In 1873, Julius Buch began planning of a steel works near Vöklingen on the banks of the Saar river. However, this planned work was not completed. In 1881, Carl Röchling began new construction. Two years later the the first smelter began operation. Today, the Völklinger Hütte is a museum. Visitors can tour the production areas. In addition, temporary exhibits, on a variety of topics are hosted in the large power halls. In the summer, there are occasional concerts held. In 1986, operation ceased. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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