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Las Medulas

| Province of Léon, Spain
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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

a lot of stone nodules that are red and funny, and talented Romans who thought by destroying the landscape with their assets and the like made ​​it interesting and fascinating.

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Marlow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Located in the region of El Bierzo, this is a unique (to me) spectacle. Vast swathes of the hills have been swept away by the force of Roman aqua-engineering when they mined the area for gold. There are great views from the view-point, which is a short steep walk from the car-park.

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Madrid
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

This place is pretty much out of the way (the nearest large town is Ponferrada), but it is certainly worth going to see. It is the most remarkable testimony to the effects of the Roman occupation of Spain. An entire mountain was blown apart over two and a half centuries to extract the tiny amount of gold in the rock... More

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Okehampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

A wonderful place to visit, right on the edge of the Montanes de Leon, not far from Ponferrada. The site was recommended by a Portuguese colleague, as worth driving some miles for, and we agree with his assessment. Go to the village of Las Medulas first, go to the museum, where they explain how the mining of the entire mountain... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

It is located a few kilometres from Ponferrada, beyond the lake Carucedo is Las Médulas, natural wonders indeed - created by the Romans, who dug gold. 60,000 slaves for 250 years had produced 1,650,000 kg of gold (5,000,000 Roman pounds). They led the water through canals, which were dug up and hence arose incredibly bizarre landscape of jagged mountains, caves... More

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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2011

As Medulas is a small town outside Ponferrada located right at the site where the Romans let loose with a ton of water and blew the insides out of mountains as they searched for gold. The town is dedicated exclusively to tourism surrounding the site. There is one ugly modern box hotel and one "rural hotel" Agoga which is pleasant,... More

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hamburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2011

After having eaten a big menu of cocido in the medieval town Castrillo de los Polvazares, we overcame our sluggishness and decided to drive over to see the legendary Medulas hills. In Roman times, the area was the most important gold mine. Already then, a river had been diverted, and transformed into a powerful jet, that could cut up mountains.... More

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leeds
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2009

If you like nature, visit this site. It is amazing to think that the Romans destroyed the mountain to obtain the small quantity of gold embedded in it. Their engineering was interesting, forcing water into the mountain until it exploded. Don't try to visit it in the afternoon in summer, it is much too hot! Do visit the lago de... More

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