Alternative tourism: a journey into the depths of abandoned mines
We've talked on this blog about the historical legacy we enjoy here in Oia and surroundings and you can also find out if you dare to spend a few days in the Camping Mougás. Today we wanted to present something more like a website Gizmodo published in the entry some time ago about old mines they know a new life as tourist attractions. Away from art historical or natural heritage we have in the region and places in Galicia; or caves and caverns that make up the amazing speleological heritage of Spain found these ancient centers of hard work and sacrifice that were a great symbol of the primary sector and is now converted into a tourist attraction more, a fair service sector.
A declaration on the state of things.
The macro mines receiving visitors are in all parts of the world and each has enough reasons to come to visit her. From down for seventeen plants for the center of the earth to look authentic sculptural jewelry and a very refined mystical sense. Surely if one had to go down these galleries daily to earn their wages also seek all possible help.
Turda salt mine, Romania
This well was opened in the second century of our era by the Romans. Salt was one of the most valuable commodities in the ancient empire was even possible to use it as currency, a lack of available cash. The galleries this antique white gold extracted into the twentieth century. The mine was abandoned in 1932. In 1992 it reopened as a tourist center. One of the rooms is 80 x 50 meters and 40 in height, and has a lake with rowing boats.
Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland
It has 287 kilometers of tunnels dug in the thirteenth century and operated until 2007. Today you can visit. It has three chapels, statues and even dozens of chandeliers made with rock salt. The altarpieces carved with this material, ductile but hard looks are a very particular beauty. In these representations significant moments in the Catholic tradition, the birth of Jesus and the Last Supper, or Polish national events are captured.
Coal Mine Blegny, Belgium
The galleries of the mine opened in the sixteenth century, today the visitor can walk 60 meters underground to learn about the process of coal.
Lead Mine Bonne Terre, Missouri, United States
Active between 1860 and 1962. This depleted reservoir suffered one of the most radical conversions. When finished mining, water flooded the lower levels and transformed into a water park in which strange sports practice or just to enjoy a bath of fresh water underground. We must also recognize the humor and the miners spent their particular body count.
Brochnia Salt Mine, Poland
It closed after the Second World War. It consists of sixteen levels into the ground. As in the previous Polish salt mine, the miners also found holes for religiosity and can visit small chapels in his gut. Maybe they were founded as digging into the rock a floor to the underworld.
You know our readers who are in the Camping Mougás open water, high mountain, white beach and good company but has called us a lot of attention these destinations.
Will dare to spend a day underground?