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Former Argentière mines

Historic site and monument, Industrial site, Historic patrimony, 19th C in La Londe-les-Maures

  • Former metalliferous and ore processing deposit, the most productive zinc deposit in Europe at the end of the 19th century, housing the remains of surface installations and a gallery accessible by guided tour.

  • The 2nd largest metal deposit in France, originally comprising a network of 16 gallery levels extending over approximately 500 m from the N-E to the S-W.
    Secured in the 2000s, only one bench crossing of about 90 m remains visible, accessible only by guided tour.
    This gallery preserves vestiges of modern and pre-17th century exploitation, certainly medieval.
    A series of excavations, the result of a mining operation, makes this mining structure unique in the Var.
    From the ore...
    The 2nd largest metal deposit in France, originally comprising a network of 16 gallery levels extending over approximately 500 m from the N-E to the S-W.
    Secured in the 2000s, only one bench crossing of about 90 m remains visible, accessible only by guided tour.
    This gallery preserves vestiges of modern and pre-17th century exploitation, certainly medieval.
    A series of excavations, the result of a mining operation, makes this mining structure unique in the Var.
    From the ore processing plant, which covered nearly 6,000 m² from the top of the hill to the beach, there are still some walls visible from the beach, including those of a washing basin transformed into a terrace.
    The residential estate also houses a villa formerly attributed to the director and a two-storey dwelling, originally intended for administrative offices and the miners' canteen (inaccessible to the public).
    The seaside is still marked by the presence of a wharf, used today for maritime rescue and scree corresponding to another wharf built for the mine's needs.
    The pier is built on a former mining pier.
    An exhibition on the history of the mine, decorated with posters replanting the decor of the mine at the end of the 19th century, is presented under lean-to from April to early November on Argentière beach (at the end of the east car park).
  • Rates

    Guided tours for a fee on reservation.
Openings

Openings

  • All year
    Opened Everyday
    * Access to the residential area is prohibited except during guided tours of the gallery.
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