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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 bubblesReviewed 2 August 2016
Marina C
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Billericay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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1 Thank Marina C
Lisbon, Portugal
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50 reviews
29 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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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1 Thank pauline a
Lisbon, Portugal
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88 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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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1 Thank m8eleven
Lisbon, Portugal
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 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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Antwerp, Belgium
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307 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 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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Craigavon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 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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