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Minas de S. Domingos

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Minas de S. Domingos

Minas de S. Domingos
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Land of contrasts, the area of S. Domingos Mine has a uniqueness that leaves no one indifferent. The mining area of Santo Domingo, part of the Iberian Pyrite Belt, was from ancient times a sought after place for the extraction of minerals and there is evidence of gold, silver and copper mining works since the pre-Roman and Roman period.

Its modern operation began in 1854, at the initiative of the “Mason & Barry” mining company, which continued to operate it until 1966, with around 108 years of regular operation extracting more than 20 million tons of ore (copper, zinc, lead and sulfur). Mina de S. Domingos was the largest Portuguese mining area until the 1930s, with a continuously labour force of over a thousand workers. The mine provided a local development level much higher than the one experienced in the rest of the country. Here it was built, for example, one of the first railways to make the connection between the mine and the old river port in Pomarão. Also here it was built the first power plant in Alentejo. The local community also had accesses to a local hospital and movie theatre among other facilities.

The end of the mining exploitation – combined with the absence of an adequate rehabilitation, abandonment and subsequent vandalism of the remaining heritage – dictated the progressive decay of the territory and the population exodus. Nowadays, the development strategy is focused on the search for resolutions to the environmental problems and to the protection and valuation of the mining heritage.

On the 3rd of June 2013 the mine and urban area of Mina de S. Domingos was classified by the Portuguese authorities as a “Set of Public Interest” and currently this urban area and also the old industrial complex are part of a tour circuit that evokes the history and the living memory of the mine.

Source: visitmertola.pt/en/item/mina-de-s-domingos-the-mining-route


cortomaltese91, Special K, Biobauer, Sami Serola and 24 other people have particularly liked this photo

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Boro club
J'aime ****************
11 months ago.
Reyk club
Erlesene Serie
11 months ago.
Berny club
excellent series, I must go there ;-))
11 months ago.
Xata club has replied to Berny club
Full of "treasures" indeed...
11 months ago.
 Luc Reiniche
Luc Reiniche club
Génial !!!!
11 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
Wonderful old structures to photograph, like here everywhere is defaced with spray paint, I hope you went in a group for safety
11 months ago.
Xata club has replied to Peter Castell club
Not that dangerous... I am a solitary person!
11 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Amazing captures!

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11 months ago.
 Sarah P.
Sarah P. club
Interesting history. We often think of mining in the negative because of the ecological impact, but of course, it also has provided employment and development, especially in poor regions.
11 months ago.
Xata club has replied to Sarah P. club
There is almost always two sides ...
11 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Amazing series Isabel.
Thank you for the information.
11 months ago.
neira-Dan club
superbe capture !!
11 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Interesting series and information.
11 months ago.
J.Garcia club
Espantosas testemunhos!

Muito obrigada também pela informação, Isabel!
11 months ago.
Biobauer club
Sehr interessant.
11 months ago.

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