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Minas de Rio Tinto

Minas de Rio Tinto is a town in the Spanish province of Huelva in Andalucia in southern Spain. The place is small and has a population of about 4,500.

The place has always been dependent on the mines of which it derives its name. Las Minas had its peak of prosperity and importance at the end of the 19th and early 20th century, when the British managed the mines.

The former hospital, built in 1927, is now the headquarters of the Rio Tinto Mine Park. This park consists of a mine and railway museum, the Museo Minero and Casa 21, one of the original Victorian houses where the engineers lived.

The British workers lived in several new neighborhoods that were built in the 19th century, such as the Barrio Bellavista and El Valle Alto de la Mesa. There was a protestant church and an English club. In particular, El Valle and Bella Vista have a distinct Victorian architecture.

The City Hall is located in the former headquarters of the Rio Tinto Mine Company, a building in elegant Edwardian style. You still find the counters where the miners’ women came to collect the wages.

Rio Tinto is not just a cavity in the surface of the earth. The excavated minerals give the soil and water of the region a strange mixture of colors: blue, green, yellow, red and brown.

The dominant color is reddish brown caused by the ferruginous minerals that oxidize when they come in contact with air. The sunlight can create surprising effects. You will sometimes have the feeling that you are in another alien world.


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