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Industrial Monument

Achada do Gamo

Industrial Monument · Aljustrel
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Apocalyptic landscape shaped by metalworking activities decades ago.

Since the beginning of modern mining activities in the Sao Domingos Mine, Achada do Gamo was a centre for metalworking activities. During the 19th century working with raw minerals like copper pyrites required a special treatment process, in this case, sintering or roasting the materials in an oven.

During the 20th century, between the 1930s and 1940s, a new approach was taken in industrial exploration. The extraction of sulphur began from the already highly valued copper pyrite through the use of ovens in two manufacturing facilities installed in the Achada do Gamo. The impact of these activities on the environment is obvious to those who visit the place. It has transformed this into an otherworldly landscape.

[Guide of the Portuguese Geological and Mines Sites] www.roteirodeminas.pt

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Updated: January 24, 2020

Coordinates

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37.649477, -7.507987
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37°38'58.1"N 7°30'28.8"W
UTM
29S 631619 4167971
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Distance
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15.5 km
5:00 h
180 m
176 m
60.9 km
4:50 h
705 m
705 m
386.7 km
26:00 h
3101 m
3101 m
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moderate
15.5 km
5:00 h
180 m
176 m
This route takes you to the heritage mining complex of São Domingos while also passing through some astonishing landscapes.
from Portugal Wildscapes,   Portugal Wildscapes
Long distance cycling · Portugal
Off the Road - Into the Wildscapes [Stage 5]
Stage 5
60.9 km
4:50 h
705 m
705 m
Loop from Mértola along the East bank of the river Guadiana, cycling through the Natural Park and the mining heritage of São Domingos.
from Manuel Franco,   Portugal Wildscapes
difficult Multistage route
386.7 km
26:00 h
3101 m
3101 m
This 400 km cycling adventure is divided into 6 journeys, along very scenic gravel paths and quiet roads of Lower Alentejo. It brings you through ...
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