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Balashi Gold Mill Ruins

Ao lado da Spanish Lagoon, Oranjestad, Aruba
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Ranked #10 of 30 Attractions in Oranjestad
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Houston, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

you can say a prayer and place a rock on top of the other rocks for your prayer to be heard and come true.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We stopped by as we were traveling along the coast, wasn't much there to see, could climb a little...

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Aliso Viejo, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

It's just some rocks piled up. Not worth a trip by itself, but a fun stop on the way somewhere else. The view from the top is nice.

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Chicago, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

It was nice to learn more about the island. While there wasn't much there, it's true, the view is wonderful and who doesn't like climbing? Thumbs up!

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Waltham
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We visited the ruins as part of our UTV tour. It was nice but nothing special. There was a cute rock garden that surrounded the ruins that was made by tourists. It was said that you were suppose to pile up seven rocks and then make a wish. That was cute.

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Seattle, WA
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91 reviews 91 reviews
25 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I stopped by the Gold Mill ruins on part of a De Palm tour of the windward side of the island. There is not much to see, and we didn't even have the opportunity to get out and look around on the tour, so my perception of this attraction may be influenced by this. It's a ruin. Nothing more. A... More

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Cork, Ireland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
28 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This does not look like a gold mine yes you have to go to trouble to find it but this was a Spanish settlement from about 1506 so don't expect Disneyland....the contrast of colours the sea, the rocks, the desert makes this place special.

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UK
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116 reviews 116 reviews
51 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

A little gem to explore, from the off beaten track - great views from inside out - and there was a snack vehicle outside

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Just an old stone skeleton of a building but has some history and nice views and photo ops. Visit here if you are off roading and want to make a stop for a half hour or so. Not somewhere to go for an all day trip.

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Maryland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We stopped at the ruins on our way to the Natural Bridge. Great opportunity to get great pictures and have great views of the ocean. In front of the ruins, tourists have left behind stones that are stacked on top of one another as an offering and to make a wish. You are supposed to get the rocks from inside... More

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