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The iron-ore mine at Ställberg is IMHO the real beauty among the old abandoned mines of Sweden as far as preserved buildings are concerned. The majestic headframe at Klingspor's shaft with its white livery and church-like windows gives it the appearance of a white chalked cathedral. The gigantic ventilation exhaust duct looks somewhat odd and comic as it leads the thoughts to a saxophone turned upside down...

The headframe from 1922 was among the pioneers of being built entirely of concrete. The older tradition of using wood as building material and the old school of design was simply inherited. At WWII the originally pointed rooftop was cut flat of to accommodate anti-aircraft guns.

Ställberg was long known as Sweden's deepest mine. In 1947 the main level was at 760 meters and around 1950 the main level was lowered to 912 meters, which made it the deepest iron mine in Europe at that time. The ore with its high manganese contents was mainly exported. When the mine was closed in 1977, the yearly production together with adjacent Haggruvan ( ) was some 260.000 metric tons. Probe drilling had then been conducted to a depth well below 1000 meters.

Although this Grand Old Lady has been hit hard by the destructive forces of Mother Nature, she still very much have preserved her dignity and the aging process have made her somewhat more beautiful.
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