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The component parts of the "Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří"

In total, 85 component parts have been selected to represent the Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří. The decisive factor in this selection was achieving a complete representation of all important attributes of the mining cultural landscape. Due to the geographical distribution of deposits and mining areas and the historical-political development, the component parts are spread in clusters across the entire region.

Composed of 79 regional or local component parts on the Saxon side and 6 comparable component parts on the Bohemian side, they represent the most important mining areas on both sides of the German-Czech border in the Erzgebirge. The number and nature of the component parts differ in the Saxon and Czech Erzgebirge due to the different laws on the protection of monuments, as well as the greater density of settlements and the larger geographical distribution of mining heritage in the Saxon Erzgebirge. The component parts consist of individual monuments, groups of buildings, linear structures, townscapes and mining landscapes.

The component parts are critically important for the understanding of the evolution of the mining cultural landscape, its worldwide significance and the formative influence of mining. Each component part with its historical monuments vividly illustrates a part of this history and development. Together, the component parts reflect a large-scale mining landscape that was decentrally organised from its very beginnings. Together, they tell the story of a vibrant cultural landscape that is of outstanding universal value, and which, as a whole, shapes the identity of the Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří.