Planta Denver

Planta Denver

There are traces of mining history in Rodalquilar going back to 2500BC. In 1915 gold was discovered here and the Maria Josefa mine was opened but this closed at the outbreak of Civil War in 1936. Another mine, for the exrtraction of gold, silver and lead, Planta Denver, was opened in 1950 but geographic surveys regarding the viability of mining were optimistic and this mine was closed in 1966.

Ruins of Planta Denver

Abandoned buildings

In the 1990s, after the area was declared a Parque Natural, efforts were made to conserve this region’s mining history and more recently the village of Rodalquilar has been transformed. Above the Botanical gardens is La Casa de los Volcanes, a fascinating museum of mining, and the Centro Geoturistico. Entrance is free.

Exploring the site

Nearby are the ruins of Planta Denver which the public are free to explore.The earthy, ochre colours of the buildings merge with the similar colours of the surrounding landscape and from studying the rockfaces and the stones and rocks lying on the ground, it is evident that the area is rich in minerals.

The rocks look rich in minerals

If you click on the photos they will enlarge.


About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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One Response to Planta Denver

  1. Happy Mining Margaret. How big is your pick axe and shovel, big enough to unearth a hovel in Mt. Olympus and dig up a grave or two of the Gods to be in ancient Greece and Rome too. Always good to see your art and interest for what it is, very crisp and cool.

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