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December 6, 2018

Germany: Völklingen Ironworks

A walkway crosses over the Urban Art exhibit at Völklingen Ironworks.

In 1986, after more than 100 years and millions of tons of pig iron processed, the Völklingen Ironworks in the Saarland region of Germany was closed. The plant was quickly protected by a preservation order. Eight years later Völklingen Ironworks was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Today the Völklinger Hütte is open to the public as a museum. It is the only example, in the whole of Western Europe and North America, of an integrated ironworks that was built and equipped in the 19th and 20th centuries that has remained intact. (more…)

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