In the 1st century A.D. the Roman Imperial authorities began to exploit the gold deposits of this region in north-west Spain, using a technique based on hydraulic power. After two centuries of working the deposits, the Romans withdrew, leaving a devastated landscape. Since there was no subsequent industrial activity, the dramatic traces of this remarkable ancient technology are visible everywhere as sheer faces in the mountainsides and the vast areas of tailings, now used for agriculture.

- UNESCO (CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0)

4 sites in this World Heritage

  • Zone principal de la mina de oro de Las Médulas
  • Esteiles de la Balouta
  • Esteiles de Valdebria
  • Esteiles de Yeres

Zone principal de la mina de oro de Las Médulas

Esteiles de la Balouta

Esteiles de Valdebria

Esteiles de Yeres

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DATA

Region
Europe
Country
Spain 
Category
Cultural
Name
Las Médulas
Selection Criteria (?)
(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)
Year of Registered
1997
Keyword
Registered in 1997