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Blaenavon Industrial Landscape is a World Heritage Site in southern Wales. It celebrates the world's major producer of iron and coal in the 19th century. The town grew around its ironworks which opened in 1788. Although its population today is only slightly over six thousand, during its heyday, it had a population of 20,000. The closure of its ironworks in 1900 followed by its coal mine in 1980 had brought about a decline in its population.

Today there is a small stream of visitors coming to Blaenavon to view its heritage sites related to the ironworks. Among the sites is the Big Pit National Coal Museum, which is on the European Route of Industrial Heritage. The Blaenavon Ironworks and the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway are two other major sites on the map, along with the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, which provides documentation on the inscribed site.

Big Pit National Coal Museum, BlaenavonBig Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenavon
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Blaenavon Industrial Landscape was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 24th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Cairns, Australia, on 27 November - 2 December, 2000.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 51 46 35 W 3 5 17 in Blaenavon, Wales
Inscription Year: 2000
Type: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: III, IV

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