Former Argentière mines

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 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.

Former Argentière mines

Plage et domaine résidentiel de l'Argentière

83250   La Londe-les-Maures


04 94 01 53 10

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Useful information

Opening

All year round, daily.
Access to the residential area is prohibited except during guided tours of the gallery.


Prices

Free access. Guided tours for a fee on reservation.

Dernière mise à jour des informations le 09/06/2022

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Former Argentière mines

Plage et domaine résidentiel de l'Argentière

83250   La Londe-les-Maures


04 94 01 53 10

Contact the provider