And now to something completely different ... Bergstadens Ziir!
Over the door of Røros church is written:
"Til Guds Ære og Bergstadens Ziir." - "To the Glory of God and the Adornment of the mountain town." Ziir means adornment and has given the church it's nickname. "Ziir" stems from the language used around 1700-1750. (Found in Ludvig Holbergs dictionary* (holbergordbog.dk)) ------- I had imagined it was a small church!
But inside it was the opposite of small.
To my surprise it is the fifth -5th - largest church in Norway, with 1.640 seats!
The building of the church started in 1779, it is built in stone with wooden interior and it was consecrated (innviet) in 1784. Peder Hiort was the Mining Director at Røros Copperworks from 1772 till he died in 1789. He led the copperworks at a time when operations were large in scope and the profits mostly good. Røros Copperworks paid for the church. You can see the Copperwork logo, the copper symbol and the crossed hammers, above the dials (uret) on the church tower. The church was built under Hiort's leadership, after suggestions and urgent recommendations from him. The older church was almost derelict at that time.
There is a large painting of him in the church, where the inhabitants' gratitude is expressed.
Peder Hiort took the initiative and was the driving force in the construction work, and after his death his fortune formed a foundation which until today has contributed to the support of the poor in the Røros area
Peder Hiort, ditt navn skal minnes
gjennom slekter år til år
Og så lenge Sta'en finnes
Navnet ditt i gull det står.
In 1865 the church was transferred from the Copperworks to Røros municipality (Røros kommune)
*(Ludvig Holberg - 1684-1754 - was a Norwegian born (Bergen) writer, historian and professor who lived most of his adult life in Denmark, but also studied and worked in Germany, Holland, Oxford, London, Paris and Rome. A dictionary in 5 volumes (bind) has been made on the basis of his work, the dictionary describes his entire Danish vocabulary and explains the meaning of every individual word. The work with the Holberg Dictionary started shortly after World war 2-1988)