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Las Medulas – Roman gold mines located in the El Bierzo area, in northwestern Spain. In the period from the 1st to the 3rd century AD, gold mining was actively carried out in Las Medulas, carried out by a hydraulic method. According to experts, the Romans were able to extract more than 1,500 tons of gold from the local rock. No precious metal was found here in later times.
The landscape in this area is unusual. It was formed under the influence of intensively produced mine workings, as well as due to the centuries-old influence of natural phenomena. Las Medulas was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997.
In addition to the ruins of two ancient villages, Castrelin de San Juan and Castro de Borrenes, here you can explore the surroundings from the Orelyan observation deck and take an excursion to the Las Medulas caves. The most convenient way to get to Las Medulas is by bus from Ponferrada.
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Topic: The Roman gold mines of Las Medulas in Spain.