Engelsberg Ironworks

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Engelsberg Ironworks
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Location Sweden
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.


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


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]


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