Engelsberg Ironworks

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Engelsberg Ironworks
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Engelsberg-Huettenwerk-01.jpg
Type Cultural
Criteria iv
Reference 556
UNESCO region Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 1993 (17th Session)

Engelsberg Ironworks (Swedish: Engelsbergs bruk) is an ironworks in Ängelsberg, a village in Fagersta Municipality in Västmanland, Sweden. It was built in 1681 by Per Larsson Gyllenhöök (1645-1706) and developed into one of the world's most modern ironworks in the period 1700-1800. It is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site since 1993.

Name[edit]

Engelsberg Ironworks is named after Englika. Englika, who was born in Germany, began producing iron in Engelsberg in the 14th century. [1]

History[edit]

The history of iron production in the region dates back to at least 13th century. The local peasants both mined the ore and produced the iron using primitive furnaces. [2]

In the end of the 16th century more modern production methods were introduced in Engelsberg and production volumes increased substantially in the following decades. [3]

Description[edit]

The preserved buildings include a manor house, the inspector’s house and the smelting house with a blast furnace.[4]

UNESCO World Heritage Site[edit]

Engelsberg Ironworks is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was added to the list in 1993. [5] The UNESCO comments were:

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Coordinates: 59°58′00″N 16°00′30″E / 59.96667°N 16.00833°E / 59.96667; 16.00833