Mines

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mines in SardiniaSardinia landscape, a land that has always attracted people interested in the richness of its soil, has largely been shaped by mining.
Many areas of the island, particularly in the Iglesiente, Sulcis, Arburese and Guspinese and Argentiera, but also in many other smaller towns, are reminiscent of the mining life.
In 1997 UNESCO declared the Historic and Environmental Geo-mining Park of Sardinia “the first park of the global network of geosites / Geoparks”.
The cultural richness that is found in the ancient miners’ villages, the extraction wells and miles of tunnels, industrial plants and the old railway, but especially in the memory and writing of those who worked or lived in contact , are worth a visit.

Funtana Raminosa, in Gadoni the richest copper field

Funtana Raminosa, in Gadoni the richest copper field

Funtana Raminosa (Gadoni) has been the richest copper field of Sardinia. It was first, exploited in the nuraghic age, then by the Roman and, probably, even by the Saracens – so it would have been explained the name of the near rio Saraxinus – around to the 700 A.D. Probably it owes its name to the presence of copper mineral in the underground waters. The site was closed at the…

In San Giovanni a cave inside the mine

In San Giovanni a cave inside the mine

Dug in the heart of the homonym mount that hugs the road from Iglesias to Carbonia, the mine of Saint Giovanni (Gonnesa-Iglesias) is among the most famous also because, inside of it, in the second half of the nineteenth century was uncovered the charming cave of Santa Barbara. A good part of the 600 miners employed in the Thirties for the extraction of lead and zinc, lived in the near…

In Nebida a beautiful site, on the reef there is still the “laverìa”

In Nebida a beautiful site, on the reef there is still the “laverìa”

A few kilometers away from the mine of Masua, Nebida (Iglesias) was exploited by the Pisans especially for the silver. The “laverìa” Lamarmora instead, constructed on the top of a reef, of which today remain only the rests put under the tutelage of the Soprintendenza dei Beni Culturali (of the Superintendency of cultural Heritage), goes back to 1897. The “laverìa” can be easily reachable, thanks to a panoramic promenade that…