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Las Medulas

| Province of Léon, Spain
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Leawood, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Just returned from Spain ,from the Camino de Santiago May 2014. Passed thru and toured Las Medulas. Had a private tour for our group from Marly Camino .Our tour was about 1 1/2 hr . The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the landscape is just amazing for this engineering feet of over 1,000 years ago. This is a must... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Las Medulas is near nowhere in particular which is why this 2000yr old Roman gold mining area has not been destroyed by more recent development. But it is not just a mine in the normal sense but rather a strange red jagged landscape which is the dramatic eroded remnant of the Romans water mining techniques. It is fortunate to have... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The landscape is different and very beautiful and it is interesting to understand how gold was extracted on ancient times. Worse a guide tour or a visit to the archeological class.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Walking through the lush forests with their stately gnarled old trees it's hard that the Romans managed to wash away an entire mountain to get at the gold. The drive up to the mirador is well worth it to appreciate the scale of the crater they left behind. An experience of beauty and fascination I'll never forget.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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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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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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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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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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