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And They Call it a Mine

Silver was discovered here more than 400 years ago when a soldier spotted a few shiny fragments of the precious metal in the ashes of his campfire in 1548. The mine that was built to harvest the silver is now designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and retains much of the intimidating architecture of its early design.

The site is also nicknamed the "Elephant Mine" because of the two tusk-like buttresses that define the wall surrounding the main shaft. When you visit, you can also enjoy gardens filled with seasonal plant life and various promenades with views of the mine.

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