Mértola: the sumptuous Achada do Gamo within the mines of São Domingos – Portugal

Achada do Gamo is situated a brief distance from the village of São Domingos. Some folks solely go to the mines and miss out on probably the most fascinating areas.

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Should you get the possibility, go to at sundown. The enchantment of the panorama strongly formed by man is far larger.

In Achada do Gamo there have been sulfur factories the place a railway line took the ore.

First, the sulfur was launched into the environment.

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From the Nineteen Forties onwards it started for use and the factories are nonetheless within the reminiscence of José Teixeira, recognized in São Domingos as Zeca Teixeira. “The sulfur from the ore was introduced there. The opposite ore was used and transported to the Pomarão pier. Sulfur was all the things to the CUF.

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It’s a massive clearing by which two towers stand out that are at risk of collapsing. One in every of them even suspended an enormous piece of concrete.

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The form of the buildings, which rise on the slope and with massive holes on the prime, counsel two huge shelters that resist the erosion of time and air pollution. It’s a scenic area that holds huge fascination for guests and is steadily visited by the worldwide media.

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The setting has already been used for business movies and is recurrent in industrial archeology picture albums. Many individuals method the towers and proceed as much as the highest of the slope, subsequent to a chimney of an oven from which you will have an summary.

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You possibly can see a synthetic lake, some dilapidated homes, the ruins of the railway and the bottom filled with stones.

On the highway from São Domingos to Achada do Gamo, canals have been constructed by means of which the intensely coloured, pink and brownish waters stream. They’re the results of the environmental intervention that’s redeveloping the mounds and mines.

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The mine itself is roofed in metallic blue water. It’s a large crater within the reddish earth. Mining was open pit and had existed for the reason that time of the Romans who mined copper and silver.

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Within the latest previous, in one other century of exploration, 25 million tons of ore have been mined! The community of tunnels and shafts reached a depth of 420 meters. The São Domingos mines closed in 1966 and as soon as had steady work for greater than a thousand folks. The mining district and the village are near the mine, the place some buildings nonetheless stand.

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One in every of these, very massive, with a tower, was the facility station. The tower has collapsed and homes a stork’s nest. He was a lot taller. The facility plant was the primary to be inbuilt Alentejo.

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A number of tens of meters on either side stay the partitions of the workshops and the pier the place the ore was unloaded. They’re ghost constructions, with thick partitions and vast shutters that insist on resisting wind and rain and are a refuge for birds and shrubs.

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They share the situation with the quantity six malacat who drained the waters of the mine. The metallic and wooden construction retains the 2 wheels however reveals that it has misplaced its energy. In lots of locations the bottom is barren, overwhelmed with reddish stones. The undergrowth alternates with items of wooden, concrete, brick or iron.

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Visits could be made by means of varied help constructions, such because the Route of Minerals, which crosses 12 factors of curiosity. A part of the round route follows the previous railway line. It’s 14 kilometers lengthy, the route is signposted and contains smuggling routes.

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On the highway between the village and Achada do Gamo it’s common to search out many individuals on bicycles.

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On sizzling days, be ready to take a dip within the river seashore of Tapada Grande, which makes use of water from a reservoir that fed the mine. It is vitally good and is true subsequent to the mine paths.

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The luxurious Achada do Gamo within the S. Domingos mines is a part of the Antena1 program I am going there and I come and the published of this episode could be heard right here.

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