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Victòria Mine

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The Bassa d’Arres lake is the start of a visit to this high-altitude mining operation

The Bassa d’Arres lake is the start of a visit to this high-altitude mining operation

In 2004, the Mina Victoria was reopened as a museum mine. The visit to the operation is on a circular hiking route where the landscape and environment complement the tour.

The walking itinerary starts at the Bassa d'Arres lake, following signs showing a wagon. It is approximately a two-hour hike in which you can see the different elements preserved from the mining facilities (buildings, scales, galleries, etc.).

Halfway, we find the engine room, fitted out as a visitor centre, where we will be accompanied by a guide to visit the Sacòsta gallery (200 m long) and see the different methods of mining of the ore. From here, the route takes us through the upper galleries, back to the Bassa d’Arres.

We recommend mountain boots, water and warm clothes (inside the gallery, 9ºC).

SPACES

<p>Today the traces of those miners is hidden by the mountain vegetation and the passage of time</p>
On the trail of the miners
On the trail of the miners
<p>The work in the <em>bocards</em> were mainly done by women and adolescents, depending on the times. Pontaut washer (Labouche Fr&egrave;res)</p>
Searching for the ore
Searching for the ore

OBJECTS

<p>The foreman&rsquo;s house was near the mining facilities</p>
Foreman’s house
Foreman’s house
<p>Next to the Imperio building are the remains of earlier buildings with different purposes: forge, storage, etc.</p>
Labourers’ house
Labourers’ house
<p>We find chutes inside the galleries, but also outside in structures such as balances</p>
Chute
Chute
<p>We can find different kinds of wagons in the mining facilities, including both side-pourers and front-pourers</p>
Wagon
Wagon
<p>This airborne transport system both took the ore to the washers and brought supplies to the mine</p>
Scale
Scale

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