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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

Reviewed 2 August 2016
Marina C
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Lisbon, Portugal
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing to see here... the area is not well taken care... it's clean place but the things like the floor and direction signals are not restored... old accesses...

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Thank Pedro_Steve
Dublin, Ireland
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139 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 332 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

Worth a look about this large mine which closed in 1964. The sent the ore by rail to pomaro on the guadiana and then down to Ayemonte or Villa Real de Sao Antonio to be shipped to England, polluting the whole rive in the process.

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1 Thank PeterADH
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

I've been here several times since 0 years ago and everytime I discover something new. From the million coulors of the open pit to the abandoned facilities of achada do gamo, the Mines can offer an excelent experience on foot, by 4x4 or buy bike. I recomend hiking on the dismantled railway line from Minas de São Domingos to Pomarão... More 

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1 Thank Boni_pt
Billericay, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

take time to wander round these atmospheric ruins from the industrial age. The mine buildings give a sense of how the mine would have operated and comprehensive information boards explain each point in full. The mine engine towers over the mine giving a ghost town effect. Do be careful with children as the water and ground is still toxic and... More 

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1 Thank rainbowdolphin90
Lisbon, Portugal
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

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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2 Thank Marina C
Lisbon, Portugal
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51 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 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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Thank Pedro P
Worcester, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 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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2 Thank pauline a
Lisbon, Portugal
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87 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 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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2 Thank m8eleven
Lisbon, Portugal
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 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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Thank Vanda_Brito
Antwerp, Belgium
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353 reviews
148 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 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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