At 2300 m above sea level, the old copper mine in Saint-Veran does not deliver its secrets to archaeologists and historians who study it! In the bowels of the Earth, under the Alpine ocean that covered the region there is millions of years, the mother lode of bornite Saint-Veran was exploited since prehistoric times, to 1800 years BC. Forgotten for thousands of years, the deposit is rediscovered in 1849 and its exploitation in the modern era takes over at the beginning of the 20th century. More deep galleries are carved into the mountain looking for the mother lode. Machines, the cars, the chipper are installed... But the site does not fulfill its promises: accidents and disappointments discourage minors before its final closure in 1970. It's the discovery of this exceptional history with this unique industrial heritage in Queyras we encourage you during this unprecedented visit!
- Shoes for hiking, warm clothing, sunglasses, water...
What is included :
- Services of a professional guide country, mountain and informed historian Guide
- Loan of headlamps for the visit of the powder magazine
Program of the activity :
Go to the village of Saint-Veran, the highest village in Europe to 2040 m, in the natural park of Queyras, for a transfer by minibus from 4 km in may, June, September and October. Transfer by a regular shuttle bus to the site of the mine in July and August (allow about €8 per person round trip). To access the prehistoric wealth, 350 m height difference, then down a rocky trail to the site of the modern mine. Visit underground of the powder magazine and discovery mine site. Back in the vehicle.
- Activity duration : Half day
- Activity framed : Yes
- Level : Accessible to all
Rules and conditions :
-Respect for safety rules
-Respect for nature
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- You book your date online.
- Your date is confirmed by the partner, within a few hours and within a maximum of 24 hours. You will only be debited if the date is confirmed.
- Once the reservation is accepted, go to the activity site and enjoy.
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