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Abanoned mines in Ojos Negros

The very poetic name of Ojos Negros does not make reference to the mysterious black eyes of some beautiful woman of remote times but rather to the coal and ore mines that made this small village famous in Spain.

The very poetic name of Ojos Negros does not make reference to the mysterious black eyes of some beautiful woman of remote times but rather to the coal and ore mines that made this small village famous in Spain.

As a matter of fact Ojos Negros and Sierra Menera were among the main mining sites in the country until it finally shut down in 1986. The mines were then abandoned, the miners left the area after being made redundant and Ojos Negros entered a period of decay.

Both the industrial buildings and the dwellings and recreational installations for the miners and their families soon became ruins. If you are in the search for some fantastic deserted landscapes and if you are fascinated by derelict industrial installations, you should defiantly pay a visit to Ojos Negros and its four barrios mineros: del centro, de la relojería, del hospital and de la estación (the latter completely in ruins nowadays). Close to the village are a couple of high points (miradores) from which you can enjoy the landscape (today dominated by huge wind turbines) and see from close what’s left of the mines. The remains of the railway network (el tren minero) are especially interesting.

You will find directions to get there (in Spanish):

http://groups.msn.com/SierraMenera/localizacin.msnw

written by jelga

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