The legendary Second World War Hydro Plant in Rjukan, also known from the Hollywood film ‘Heroes of the Telemark’, starring Kirk Douglas, has now been enlisted on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
The Vemork plant in Rjukan-Notodden was built in 1911. The heavy water, or deuteriumoxide, which was produced there during the Second World War, was essential to the German scientists working on an atomic bomb project, and the allies were desperate to destroy it.
World Heritage List (WHL), was established in 1972 by UNESCO (UN’s organization for education, science and culture).
“Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage is both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration,” states UNESCO on its homepage.
World famous sites on the WHL are Grand Canyon, Galapgos Islands and Yellowstone National Park. Six other sites are on the WHL in Norway:
Urnes Stave Church (1979)
Rock Art of Alta (1985)
Norwegian Hydro Plant on the World Heritage List, written by Tor Kjolberg
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