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“Trip underground will be a lifetime memory”

Parque Minero de Almaden
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Almaden
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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
Orinda, California
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“Trip underground will be a lifetime memory”
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 tiles, and for laquerware. The whole history is captured in tactile exhibets, videos and other beutifully staged displays in an absolutely gorgeous modern museum...but that's not the high point. You also get a trip down into the mine and a tour from a former miner that lasts about an hour underground....absolutely amazing trip into history. We came all the way from the New Almaden mine, a namesake mercury mine (near silicon valley) in California on a sort of pilgimage to see the mine...but never expected such an amazing Park/site/tour. I will never forget it.

Visited July 2011
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