Roman Mine Meurin
A mine from a bird´s-eye view
To begin, you will descend into the underground working world of Roman miners and soldiers, but you won’t be needing torches or flashlights. The ancient mine was uncovered by the modern-day excavation of pumice stone which led to the removal of large sections of the old mine ceiling. Therefore, we have easily accessible walkways, ramps and steps to guide us not only through the system of tunnels, but also out of it. This is the only mine that can be viewed from a bird’s eye view.
A place full of history
Round about 2.000 years ago, pumice layers, over 4 meters (13 feet) thick, were covering the Roman mine preserving the ancient tunnel system. Today the original excavation site is protected by means of a dome like hall made of steel, glass and plastic and allows for comfortable exploration of the tunnel system. While navigating through the tunnels and chambers, one can get a feel of how narrow walkways, poor light, and dust filled air were a part of the everyday life of a Roman miner.
A Roman Legionary greets the visitors at the entrance. His marching pack includes a net bag for supplies, clothing and some weapons.
An archaeological (film) sensation awaits visitors in the cinema room. Can you find the hidden ancient film canister?
Well-accessible walkways, ramps and stairs lead visitors not only through the tunnels, but also over them. It is said to be the only mine that can be viewed from a bird’s-eye view. Therefore, parts of the Roman Mine are accessible for wheelchairs.
Hands on! Try out all three pulleys and guess what the lifted weight is. The different transmission ratios show amazing physical properties.