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Blaafarveværket and the Cobalt Mines

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Koboltveien, NO-3340 Åmot
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Blaafarveværket (Lit., "The Blue-Color Works" in Dano-Norwegian) in Modum, Norway, founded by King Christian VII of Denmark-Norway in the 1770s, became the largest industrial company of the country in the mid-19th century. The works mined cobalt ore and manufactured by smelting blue cobalt glass (smalt) and cobalt blue(cobalt aluminate) pigment. At the time, it employed more than 2,000 workers, and in its heyday supplied 80 percent of the world market for cobalt pigments.

Since 1978, Blaafarveværket has hosted an art gallery, which over the years has exhibited the works of many major Norwegian artists, as well as some foreign ones. In 1993, one hundred years after mining ended, the old cobalt mines opened as a tourist attraction, and the entire area now serves as a museum.

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