Los Modulus Roman Gold Mine in El Bierzo, Castilla and Le ۔n, Spain
Roman Gold I
More than 2000 years ago, the Romans discovered Spain’s largest humanitarian catastrophe in the mountains of northwest Castilla and Le ۔n – Los Modulus. Canals and rivers were regenerated, drains of water were built, and water channels cut into solid rock to wash the entire mountains just to retrieve the gold they had hidden.
Mining left a living monsecap, which, today, is so beautiful! The centuries of erosion and regeneration have shaped the landscape as a unique UNESCO recognized as a World Heritage Site. From the viewing platform, the view of the royal but humble mountains is dramatic, hiking through water tunnels and along the water only demands that it be followed.
Roman Gold II
It takes a while to get to this remote corner of Castilla and Leon. Eventually, we were up the hill road, even to the summit, and we started our journey. We planned it in two stages. The first part was to climb a distant view to see a panorama of the fallen mountains below us.
Standing at the top, the (now recovered) astounding view of the landscape reveals a massive catastrophe for the Romans accessing gold. If we weren’t watching it, it would be impossible to grasp this magnitude. That most of the entire mountain range through millions of gallons of water to enrich Roman carpet baggers was unimaginable – yet there is evidence!
But in today’s standards, that’s the thinking. At the time, his efforts to create the world’s largest open-pit mine were a wonder of engineering, whose environmental consequences were unknown or even considered. The Latin quote “Vinnie, Vedi, Vesey” pushes a proud Roman emperor of the famous world on his way to pick up his luggage, leaving others dirty – or praised.
Hiking Los Modules
The second part of our planned hike had to be somewhat reduced because there was no daylight left to climb down from the old gold mine. Our agreement means giving a hard hoot and going down the hill to the viewing platform behind the water tunnel, which is suspended on the mountain. When I first hit my head on the lower roof of the tunnel, I learned why Hardhots are!
After that, we descended carefully through the dim light until we came to the platform. It offered a completely different view of the mining process, which showed better that a large area was excavated. I was suffering so much that I had come so far and had already left before completing the hike, but the sun was setting, and the red mud hills swallowed the dying light.
If you ever find yourself in the Spanish city of Castilla and Le توn, then it is time to practice and enjoy, get yourself to enjoy this magnificent view of the Med Medles sooner in the day. ۔ It is the wonder of the modern world that became the legacy of the Roman Empire.
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