Kristinebergs gruva


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Location: Kristineberg
Open: 27-JUN to 14-AUG daily 10, 13, 15. [2007]
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Classification:  Copper Mine  Tin Mine  Gold Mine  Silver Mine sulphide mine
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Address: Kristinebergs gruva, Tel: +46-953-20454.
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History

 
1937mine opened.
1946image of Christ discovered.
1968second image of Christ discovered.

Geology

The ores at Kristineberg are complex polymetallic ores of copper, tin, gold, and silver in different sulfuric chemical compounds.


Description

Kristinebergs gruva (mine at Kristineberg) is the deepest mine in Sweden with mining at 1,100 meters below ground.

But that's the working mine, the main tourist sight at the mine is not that deep. 90m below the surface lies the ecumenical Saint Ann Church. It was created for the image of Christ which was discovered in the mine in 1946. The miners were blasting a wall and then left the mine because of the dust and the poisonous gases from the explosion. When they returned the next day to remove the fallen rocks, they saw a figure on the mine wall created by the explosion. It was a figure of white, silver-speckled serecite quartzite rock against a background of darker chorite quartzite.

The discovery was interpreted as a picture of Christ because of an old prophecy, which states that Jesus would show himself in just this mountain. And people interpreted the name Kristineberg as Christ in the mountain. However, from the historic view this is wrong. The village Kristineberg was named after Kristina Hultin, the wife of the settler Karl Hultin.

The original Christ figure was destroyed when the mine was refilled. But soon a second image appeared, this time in a marble slab. This second discovery led to the creation of an underground church in an unused part of the mine nearby, soon a popular place for weddings, baptisms and memorial services. Today it is an offical church and also a tourist attraction.

Beneath the mine church, there is also a regular show mine. Passages adjacent to the church contain a mine exhibition. It explains the history of Kristineberg, the mining history, the technology used and the geology.


See also


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