Mining Historical Heritage
Mining Historical Heritage is part of the Tentative list of Spain in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
The Mining Historical Heritage is a serial proposal consisting of 21 locations in nine provinces and regions spread over the entire country. The majority of the mining sites are coal and iron ore mines, but metals such as copper, silver, lead, gold and mercury were also mined. Among the selected sites are also stone quarries and salt works. In the oldest of these sites, mining activity dates back to the Neolithic period.
Map of Mining Historical HeritageLoad map
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
From the heaps of places that are trying to inscribe I visited La Union near Murcia. The first sights I saw were the typical rundown, forgotten and left behind buildings of a mining landscape. I knew I was at the right place. The first stop was at El Rojo, a lake now so red from the acid resulting from the mining. This isn't a tourist spot and the lookout even had a big no parking notice plus the typical danger sign, but it was only a few meters to get a good view. This all wasn't so much to see so there was surely something they are trying to inscribe?
It's a landscape so you get a lot of buildings. Go into the town proper and you can find the old market, a pretty building, and a few casas & villas from former head honchos in the mining industry. I wasn't all impressed but it didn't take much of my time.
I can't speak for all the heritage sites but this seems more of a national importance rather than a worldly one.
Includes former TWHS Rodalquilar (1995), Las Herrerias (Almeria) (1995), Las canteras de s'Hostal (Ciutadella) (1998) and Paisaje Minero de la Sierra de Cartagena
2007 Added to Tentative List
The site has 21 locations