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The City Council plans a route through the Matildes, Mina Blanca and Cueva Victoria (21/10/2015)

The mayor and the president of the Sierra Minera Foundation highlight its potential as a cultural and industrial heritage offering, during his visit this morning to have turned the area accompanied by councilors and journalists

The existing industrial heritage in Cartagena has a great cultural significance.

The Interpretation Center Las Minas Matildes, Mina Blanca and Cueva Victoria could be supplemented on a journey to increase the influx of tourists.

The mayor of Cartagena, Jose Lopez, by the area councilor Quality of Life, Francisco Calderon, Councilman Heritage Archaeological Area, Ricardo Segado, the deputy mayor of Culture, David Martinez, and the Councillor for Tourism, Obdulia Gomez, They have made ​​this journey together with members of the Sierra Minera Foundation and its president, Pedro Martos.

Pedro Martos explained the reason for the visit is and what the current government team discover the great potential that industrial heritage of Cartagena.

The president of the Mining Foundation has moved to the media that the Interpretation Center Las Minas Matildes next to Mina Blanca and Cueva Victoria are elements with a great cultural and tourism potential: A tour of the three fields, complemented by other actions that give value to the whole mining saw an option that would increase the influx of tourists.

Through routes, itineraries, and even some viewpoints could add value without a large investment, said Martos.

Interpretation Center Las Minas Matildes open to the public since 2005, is funded through the visits, but being so isolated the flow of visitors is limited: for this reason we need to be combined with other resources to have a number most visitors, Pedro Martos explained.

The mayor, Jose Lopez, has also taken the same idea regarding the low turnout of visits to Las Minas Matildes because it is a very isolated center, and even industrial architecture is necessary not sell as much as other archeology.

For this reason, the mayor explained that we agree with them that it must be combined with other centers of interpretation to give a wider choice. We believe that would be the impetus we can give through the city of Cartagena.

The idea of uniting Mina Blanca, Victoria Cave, Las Minas Matildes could be supplemented in time with the recovery of the monastery of San Ginés de la Jara, as the District of Cartagena vertebra, continued explaining the mayor.


The president of the Sierra Minera Foundation, Pedro Martos, explained that the Interpretation Center Las Matildes has recovered and is owned by the City of Cartagena but is managed by the foundation.

It is also open to the public since 2005.


It is located about 500 meters from Minas The Matildas, and according to Pedro Martos, is another important element.

It also has a unique historical value because it is a different type of architecture, cornil architecture, declared a World Heritage Site.

Martos has continued explaining that mines are allocated to desagüe mining basin to prevent flooding problems in the galleries.

They are divided into two phases, one of mineral extraction, and then another mine dewatering, why are the two masts.

The foundation president stressed that the importance is that it is a great tower of cornil architecture, and is the only example we have of this architecture in the region of Murcia.


Cueva Victoria is municipal property, and according to Pedro Martos, yet to complete any element for its suitability and thus able to open to the public.

On the other hand, it is a large, the most important of all you fill, which is also a mine paleontological site, because it has a mining galleries.

There have continued to work and paleontological studies but also to make it visitable adequacy, explained the president.

Pedro Martos has indicated that he does not know exact date of termination but that could be visited in about six months if such adaptation works are completed.

The president of the foundation explained that the necessary funding to make this journey together would be very small.

We have to seek funds, but not only the city hall of the region and others.

For its part, the mayor has passed we are looking for funding from day one we arrived to the government.

Already personnel working directly with agencies and authorities to gain access to these proceedings.

In addition, the first municipal mayor explained that there is interest to take these things forward, to knock on the doors of Europe, or to other governments and to value what we have.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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