The richest copper mine in Europe in the 19th Century
The Mine museum, housed in the 14th century Palazzo Pretorio in Montecatini Val di Cecina documents the vast range of resources, sites and activities located in the Upper Cecina Valley. The detailed documentation displayed in the museum is integrated by a visit to the Caporciano mine (once the richest copper mine in Europe), including the administrative and technical offices at the entrance to the mine, the Alfredo shaft and the Muraglione dam.
The museum not only offers historical information about the Carporciano mine from 1827 to 1907 but also displays a comprehensive and thematic account of the wide range of underground resources utilized since antiquity, other 19th century copper mines that left their mark on remote areas, the story of the salt works from antiquity to the present day, the alabaster craft, the geothermal basin and usage of the endogenous fluids, the exquisite workmanship of the chalcedony mosaics, the lignite mine, the sulphurous springs and a splendid collection of multifarious minerals.
The Caporciano mine houses a rich archive of administrative books ( pay rolls, work schedules, registers and correspondence) technical plans (of the mines, galleries, machinery and equipment) enriched by specific publications on the range of underground resources in the area.
Sites of historical interest
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