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For centuries Idrija with its mercury mine was considered to be the centre of scientific and technological progress in the region. History of mining in Idrija dates back to year 1490. By burning cinnabar ore, the mercury miners of Idrija mined over 13 per cent of the world production of this ore. It was the second oldest and biggest mercury mine in the world that had closed in 1995 due to commercial, geological and ecological reasons. Only Almadén mercury mine in Spain is bigger and dates back to Roman times. Both towns were so famous that their names were used in North America for mining towns of New Idria and New Almadén. Until first world war Idrija Mercury Mine was one of the best technically equipped mine in Europe. Company is still nowadays in closing procedure, because it has to rehabilitate the consequences of 500 year mining, that is to secure the shafts and to monitor the poisoning of the environment.
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With the world's second largest mercury mine, [[Municipality of Idrija|Idrija]] was considered for centuries to be the centre of scientific and technological progress in the region. The history of mining in Idrija dates back 1490. By burning cinnabar ore, the mercury miners of Idrija mined over 13 per cent of the world's production. Only Almadén mercury mine in Spain was bigger and dates back to the Roman times. Until World War I the Idrija Mercury Mine was one of the best technically equipped mines in Europe. In 1995 the mine was closed down due to commercial, geological, and ecological reasons but some of its shafts and facilities remain open for tourists. Since then the company has been under the liquidation, because it still needs to manage the consequences of 500 years of mining, that is to secure the shafts and to monitor the pollution to the environment.
  
In 2007 the intercontinental Mercury Route, the so-called Camino Real, going through Almadén Spain to Mexico and other parts of American continents was presented for the inclusion in the [[UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Slovenia|UNESCO World Heritage list]]. The route had commercial, technical and lifestyle specifics connected with mining and trade still eminent after 500 years. After the first nomination, in 2011 the new nomination was prepared by Idrija and Almadén.
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Together with the [[Idrija Municipal Museum]], the [[Idrija Mine Museum]] takes care of the region's rich technical, geological, technological, ethnological, and cultural heritage. In 2012 the ''Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija'' project was submitted to UNESCO and both cities were included on its [[:Category:UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Slovenia|World Heritage List]].  
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Latest revision as of 13:10, 23 February 2021

With the world's second largest mercury mine, Idrija was considered for centuries to be the centre of scientific and technological progress in the region. The history of mining in Idrija dates back 1490. By burning cinnabar ore, the mercury miners of Idrija mined over 13 per cent of the world's production. Only Almadén mercury mine in Spain was bigger and dates back to the Roman times. Until World War I the Idrija Mercury Mine was one of the best technically equipped mines in Europe. In 1995 the mine was closed down due to commercial, geological, and ecological reasons but some of its shafts and facilities remain open for tourists. Since then the company has been under the liquidation, because it still needs to manage the consequences of 500 years of mining, that is to secure the shafts and to monitor the pollution to the environment.

Together with the Idrija Municipal Museum, the Idrija Mine Museum takes care of the region's rich technical, geological, technological, ethnological, and cultural heritage. In 2012 the Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija project was submitted to UNESCO and both cities were included on its World Heritage List.

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