Arboleas Roman mines to re-open to the public

Council says they will become an ‘important tourist attraction’

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(From left to right) Mayor García, minister Tortosa and engineers in charge of restoration visited the mines last week

By David Jackson

The ancient Roman mines of Limaria (Arboleas) are to be restored and opened to the public.

Mayor Cristóbel García and regional science minister Miguel Ángel Tortosa López were both present last Monday (May 29) to oversee the start of restoration work at the site.

The mines were used in the first and second century to quarry selenite, the transparent version of gypsum which was often used for windows in the Roman world.

Minister Tortosa said: “The Limaria mines are exceptionally well conserved and we can still see clear evidence of how the Romans quarried this valuable material for later use.”

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