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Svornost Mine in Jáchymov

 

Category: Technical Monuments Region: Krušné hory – Ore Mountains Town: Jáchymov

 

The Svornost Mine (Concord Mine) in the west Bohemian town of Jáchymov is the oldest working mine in Europe. Excavation works began in 1518. The mining of silver started around the year 1525. Gradually, extraction of uranium ore prevailed and resulted in the discovery of a spring with high radon content in 1864. The spring was later named after Marie Curie-Sklodowska who isolated the highly radioactive element of radium from the local ores. Mining ultimately ended in 1952. Today, the mine is used by the spa as a source of curative radon waters.

It is namely the radon water, which constitutes the main healing resource of the Jáchymov spa and which has made the spa famous throughout the world. Jáchymov may thus boast the world's first radon spa, which is highly successful in treating painful conditions and diseases of the locomotive system. Jeroným Mine 

 

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