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Minas de Sao Domingos

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Address: Mertola, Minas de Sao Domingos, Portugal

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Interesting for History lovers!

It was very interesting to walk around and read about how the mine came to be and came to an end. We were in Pomarão the day before, which also has its History connected to this... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Marina C
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was very interesting to walk around and read about how the mine came to be and came to an end. We were in Pomarão the day before, which also has its History connected to this mine. The acid "lake" is an amazing sight, with different colours around the stones.

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Thank Marina C
Lisbon, Portugal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

Very interesting and worthwhile visiting if one is interested in Industrial Archeology. It is situated in a small village, where the miners lived and worked from 1858 until 1965.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2016

This village with its abandoned pyrite mines and derelict industrial buildings is an incredible place. We walked around at will...no entry charge, no guides... There were signs in Portuguese and English explaining the sights and history of the place. This would be of huge interest also to geologists and people interested in Industrial history. There is a permanent exhibition in... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Visited this place and have met (by luck) an old man (85) who worked there for 35 years... every day for 12 hours...unbelievable... 800 meters deep... about 2300 steps down to earth ... amazing landscape... another planet... another time... visit it and check history... e.g. this town had the first Television installed in Portugall in the past... rich company... rich... More 

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Thank m8eleven
Lisbon, Portugal
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Friendly village with simple architecture but with a place with a remarkable mining history. There are some museums centers that seek to recreate and value the importance of the mine in the town. But it´s the rubble remained of the mine that surprises us. The site is well signposted but deserves another tourist use because of the historic importance that... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This is a special place. The old industrial buildings, the red mountains in a desolate landmark. We saw no other tourists ...

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Thank stevenenhilde
Craigavon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

hi everyone jim and joan here,our visit to Sao Domingos back in 2007 with our motor home was the most enjoyable made loads of freinds local and other campers parked in park beside lake used to get fresh bread delivered to site every morning, had really good time in pk resturant with some local people and staff also other campers... More 

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Neutral Bay, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 via mobile

Sadly for many Portuguese villages few attractions remain to keep them alive, this happily is not the case for Minas de São Domingos which has a rich and fascinating mining history with great walks and bike rides around the sites and infrastructure. Like a previous reviewer I feel disappointed that so many of the motor home visitors simply camp for... More 

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Evora, Portugal
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

You can find Alentejo's history & culture, nature, biodiversity, lake beach, water fun and mediterranean climate... perfect in springtime and summer!

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Thank David G
Lisbon, Portugal
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6 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Industrial archeology needing much more local information about the place, the buildings, the railway and so on.

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