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Parque Minero de Almaden

Address: Cerco de San Teodoro s/n, 13400 Almaden, Spain
Phone Number: 926 265 002
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Almaden
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mines, Tours, Cultural
Owner description: The visit of the Almaden Minining Park starts with surface mining facilities in the Visitor Center...
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Type: Mines, Tours, Cultural
Owner description: The visit of the Almaden Minining Park starts with surface mining facilities in the Visitor Center and continues through the old workshops and “San Aquilino” and “San Teodoro” shafts. Before the tour along the underground passages the visitors will visit the Mining Interpretation Centre, which will bring prior essential knowledge on the historical performance to the mining.The tour inside the mine is carried down the “San Teodoro” shaft to the 1st floor, 50 meters in depth, in a cage of mine. The walking tour is conducted by a real mine exploited in the XVI and XVII centuries, according to the real conditions of the mining practice: helmet, apparent lack of modern lighting, lighting support with individual lamps.The exit to surface is carried out by a carriage train enabled for public transport, following the visit to outdoor facilities, furnaces “Aludeles” from XVII century, “Carlos IV” gate, “Carros” gate with its paved road and “tejeras” furnace, then moving on to the Mercury museum where the visitors will find halls dedicated to the local geology and paleontology, interactive experiments in physics and chemistry of mercury, the history of this metal metallurgy and shipping to America.The visit will finish with the visitors coming back in electric passenger minibuses to the Visitor Centre, where they can get many souvenirs related to the visit and others catering facilities, toilets, information, etc.Almadén Mining Park includes major spanish properties inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List under the name of HERITAGE OF MERCURY. ALMADÉN AND IDRIJA

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Madrid, Spain
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I visited the mine before and had a great experience, On this occasion I visited the mercury museum amongst othe places. Eusebio was one of my guides, although my native language is English I do speak Spanish, however ,Eusebio gave me the tour in English. He explained everything in great detail and told some great stories as well as the... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

I have had the pleasure to stay in Almaden for a week on business. I visited the mines, a great experience, a great place and most of fantastic people (staff) The mercury mines are 700 metres deep and have tunnells running for 230 kilometres, many under the town of 6000 people. The guided trip goes to the first level (50... More 

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Orinda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

This mine was in operation from pre-Roman times til 1973. The mine was central to the history of Spain as the mercury it produced was used in the extraction of gold from ore. The mine's Cinnabar ore was also used by Romans, Chinese and Spanish artists to make the Roman Red, Chinese Red and Spanish Red pigmants for painting, for... More 

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