Lövstabruk Travel Guide

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Lövstabruk (or Leufsta bruk or just Lövsta) is an ironworks, the greatest among several such establishments in the northern part of the province Uppland. Lövstabruk was once one of the most important ironworks in the world. It was founded in 1596. In 1641 the Crown sold it to the Dutchman Louis De Geer, and his family remained in Lövstabruk up to the late 20th century, long after the iron processing had ceased. Louis De Geer imported workers from his home area in Wallonia (particularly around Liège). Their French family names are still common in the area, although the French language ceased to be used many generations ago.

Lövstabruk (and several other villages) were looted by Russians during an invasion attempt in 1719 and all buildings were destroyed. The family De Geer soon erected new buildings, including a magnificent mansion; later during the 18th century. Prince Gustav (to become King Gustaf III) wrote home to his mother that “if she had not seen Lövsta, she had seen nothing”. At the same time a new church was also built which includes a Cahman organ which is still used.

The ironworks were closed down in 1926. The place is today an important goal for tourists and students of i.a. history and architecture. The mansion also contains a very important 18th century library.

The ironworks of Sweden , particularly in northern Uppland are internationally unique in the way the villages were built. The industrial leaders cared for the workers which were given medical care and pensions. They lived in decent houses owned by the company, usually arranged to make the whole village an architectural unit. The whole of this environment is preserved at Lövstabruk.

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January 14, 2008 new by ingvar

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