Friday, March 21, 2014
Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex - GERMANY - UNESCO #975
Another mining site in Germany that is classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site, this time the Coal-mining complex of Essen, one of the major coal mines in continental Europe (the largest were, of course in Wales and South Britain), one of the most high polution insustries it declined on the second half of the XX century; unfortunately nowadays inth the increase of oil prices and the never stopping eastern demand thete are coal mines and plants opening again, mainly in China (it will be a environmental disaster). Thank you very much Marcel for another awesome card for my collection, now with 324 sites, only 657 till the end. This postcard took 3 days to arrive!
The Zollverein industrial complex in Land Nordrhein-Westfalen consists of the complete infrastructure of a historical coal-mining site, with some 20th-century buildings of outstanding architectural merit. It constitutes remarkable material evidence of the evolution and decline of an essential industry over the past 150 years.