When we hear the phrase “UNESCO World Heritage”, there are images of temples, famous squares and ancient cities. But today we’ll talk about something else.
In the list of specially protected for a long time, there are some objects that cause many connoisseurs puzzling, and even laughter. Abandoned Meat Processing Plant, a prison, a coal mine, but still not one.
Meet strange UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Salting meat plant, the city of Fray Bentos, Uruguay
“Industrial ruins, broken doors, windows without glass, empty dining room, dilapidated corrals” – so described this lovely place one of the journalists, who visited a tourist attraction. Nevertheless, on the UNESCO website it says that this object is important because it “gives an idea of the process of meat production in the industrial world-class companies.”
Shoe factory “Fagus” in the German town of Alfeld
It was built in 1910 and still works. Its construction is called “a milestone in the development of modern architecture and industrial design, heralds the emergence of the Bauhaus school.”
In the factory, opened a museum complex there tell visitors about updates to shoe fashion for the past century. In honor of the company anniversary, an exhibition was organized in 2011, devoted to the history of the factory. The exhibition showcased photos Claus Schünemann, telling about the everyday life and the history of the enterprise of restoration, which was carried out during 1984-2004.
Radio station “Grimeton”
It is located near the Swedish town of Varberg, this monument of engineering art of the early wireless transatlantic communication. It built a radio station in 1922-1924.
The radio station was built by the American engineer of Swedish origin Ernst Alexanderson in 1924 to communicate with the United States, the station «Radio Central» Long Island. As used radiating element wires, suspended on the six steel towers, masts 127 m in height, spaced apart by 380 m and a span holding crossbar 46 m.
At the time of construction it was the highest structure in Sweden. The length of the antenna blades – 2.2 km.
Lifts on four hydraulic passage du Center
“An outstanding monument of engineering art, unique example of the industrial landscape of the end of the XIX century.”
And who knows about them, who came to see them, apart from UNESCO staff?
The largest coal mines of Wallonia, Belgium
Well, who wants to look after this Bruges? Think of the flowering of the late Middle Ages, when there a world heritage site. It is a strip of 170 km length and a width of 3-15 km intersecting Belgium from east to west, consisting of well-preserved coal mines ages 19-20.
Such was the early industrial era in Europe.
Industrial Valley was one of the first areas of heavy industry in Europe until the mid XX century. This region has been the basis for economic prosperity of the country. After the Second World War, metallurgical and mining enterprises in the region began to lose its value, but at the same time has developed the production of glass and soda. The second rise Walloon industry was completed by the 1970s.