Las Médulas

Local nameParque Natural Las Médulas
LocationSpain

Las Médulas is a historic gold-mining site near the town of Ponferrada in the comarca of El Bierzo. It was the most important gold mine, as well as the largest open-pit gold mine, in the entire Roman Empire. Las Médulas Cultural Landscape is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Advanced aerial surveys conducted in 2014 using LIDAR have confirmed the wide extent of the Roman-era works.The spectacular landscape of Las Médulas resulted from the ruina montium, a Roman mining technique described by Pliny the Elder in 77 AD.

Tags UNESCONature ReserveGold MineRomanHidden GemHeritage
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More information and contact

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Médulas

UNESCO World Heritage Site http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/803

Coordinates 42°27'22.657" N -6°45'54.688" E

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