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Outstanding universal value

The serial property Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří is composed of 85 component parts that are representative of the historical mining landscape. The component parts have been carefully selected in order to bear witness to the formative influence of centuries of mining activities on the development of a particular landscape and the society associated to it.

A long history of mining without chronological interruption:

From the Middle Ages to the present day, numerous different ores and other raw materials have been mined and processed in the Erzgebirge. Over the course of centuries, this has led to the emergence of a mining cultural landscape of outstanding universal value on both sides of the German-Czech border.

The diversity of the mineral resources extracted and processed:

Today the Erzgebirge still possesses an outstanding variety of raw materials, which are found in a relatively small geographical area: starting with silver via lead, tin, copper, iron, cobalt, arsenic, tungsten, bismuth, nickel and zinc through to uranium and other raw materials, such as clay, kaolin, lime, marble and coal.

A broad spectrum of monuments and the associated cultural values:

Mining and metallurgy have had a formative influence not only on the landscape, but also on the architecture, art, culture, science, economy, politics and society of the Erzgebirge mining landscape. The lasting influence of mining can still be seen today in a large number of original, historical monuments, in the landscape features, and in the cultural and economic features of the region.