Las Medulas, Province of León

That morning, my friend was exhausted and was not able to walk. He needed to rest. So left him at the hotel and decided to go to Las Medulas by taxi.

Senery on the way going to Las Medulas.

Senery on the way going to Las Medulas.

Las Médulas is a historical site near the town of Ponferrada, it takes approximately 30 minutes by car, which used to be the most important gold mine in the Roman Empire.

Arrived at the Visitor Center of Las Medulas.

Arrived at the Visitor Center of Las Medulas.

Views of the village, Las Medulas.

Views of the village, Las Medulas.

Route map for the archaeological site of Las Medulas

Route map for the archaeological site of Las Medulas

Las Médulas, cultural landscape was listed by the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Archaeological Hall of Las Medulas with Tourist Information Office.

Archaeological Hall of Las Medulas with Tourist Information Office.

Entrance and Exhibits of Archaeological Hall of Las Medulas

Entrance and Exhibits of Archaeological Hall of Las Medulas

Old Roman Mining method of Gold Dust.

Ruina montium; Old Roman Mining Technique of Gold Dust.

Walking to the observatory of Las Medulas.

Walking to the observatory of Las Medulas.

Paths to the observatory

Paths to the observatory

Observatory of Las Medulas

Observatory of Las Medulas

View of Las Medulas from the observatory

View of Las Medulas from the observatory

Entering the tunnel of the Roman Era.

Entering the tunnel of the Roman Era.

Roman tunnesl and waterways.

Roman tunnesl and waterways.

The passages of Las Médulas.

The passages of Las Médulas.

The metallurgic town in Las Médulas (flourished 1st–2nd centuries BC)

The metallurgic town in Las Médulas (flourished 1st–2nd centuries BC)

According to the record, six million of free labors were working in the mine of Las Medulas. The mine was producing the gold 20,000 pounds (roman pounds) every year, and yielded gold of 1.65 million kg in 250 years.

The most of trees growing in Las Médulas are chestnuts.

The most of trees growing in Las Médulas are chestnuts.

The ancient Roman planted chestnut trees for securing of food of the worker. When the gold was depleted, it was the time of the fall of the Roman Empire.
Rich chestnut trees grow thick now.

Village of Las Medulas

Village of Las Medulas

Leaving Las Medulas

Leaving Las Medulas

Wild Flowers from Las Medulas

Wild Flowers from Las Medulas

 

 

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