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UNESCO 2012


The former mercury mine in Idrija entered the UNESCO list in 2012, together with the Almadén mine in central Spain. In Idrija, mercury was dug out from 1490 to the mid 90's of the previous century. The site in Idrija notably features mercury stores and infrastructure, as well as miners’ living quarters, and a miners’ theatre. The sites bear testimony to the intercontinental trade in mercury which generated important exchanges between Europe and America over the centuries. The two sites represent the two largest mercury mines in the world and were operational until recent times.

The Idrija mine, once second largest mercury mine in the world, now offers a picturesque depiction of the work and lives of numerous generations of Idrija miners and their families.


IDRIJA, DISCOVER THE CITY OF UNESCO HERITAGE 

SIGHTS OF UNESCO  

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TIC Idrija, Mestni trg 2

+386 (0)5 37 43 916
tic@visit-idrija.si

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