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Goslar 360° Panorama
Goslar 360° Panorama
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Mines of Rammelsberg and Historic Town of Goslar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Germany.

The mines of Rammelsberg has been a site of mineral extraction for more than 1000 years, becoming exhausted only in the 1980's, and finally shutting down in 1988. Until then, it had produced silver ore, then later copper, and finally lead. Mining at Rammelsberg was first mentioned in AD 968 by Saxon chronicler Widukind of Corvey. However, later archaeological findings reveal that Rammelsberg had been mined for not one thousand, but two thousand years. The discovery of the remains of ore in D&uunl;na, near Osterode, dating to the 3rd or 4th century AD suggested that it came from Rammelsberg mine.

The ore of Rammelsberg attracted the Holy Roman Emperor Henry II to built an imperial palace, or Kaiserpflaz, on the southern slope of Rammelsberg, is the Imperial City of Goslar.

Goslar is located on the northwestern foot of the Harz Mountains. The town has a rich history stretching back to the Neolithic age, right up to German reunification. The town was founded by Emperor Henry I in the 10th century following the discovery of silver deposits. This brought for Goslar the status of Imperial City. Goslar was regularly visited by the Holy Roman Emperors, particularly Henry III.

Mines of Rammelsberg and Historic Town of Goslar were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 16th session of the World Heritage Committee in Santa Fe, USA on 7-14 December, 1992.

Photos of Mines of Rammelsberg and Historic Town of Goslar

Kaiserpfalz, Goslar
Kaiserpfalz, Goslar
Author: Tobias Helfrich (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)

The mine at Rammelsberg
The mine at Rammelsberg
Author: Markus Schweiß (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 51 53 24 E 10 25 14.016
Inscription Year: 1992
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, IV

Visiting Mines of Rammelsberg and Historic Town of Goslar

Take a train or bus to Goslar from Hanover and Braunschweig.


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