Slovak Opal Mines

Region: Region Prešov (Prešovský kraj)
District: Prešov
City / Municipality: Červenica
Tourist location:Šariš
Mountains: Slanec Hills (Slanské vrchy)
Latitude:48° 54' 12.20256" / 48.9033896
Longitude:21° 27' 33.73056" / 21.4593696
Included in categories: Mines and Mining Museums
Slovak Opal Mines Slovak Opal Mines are the oldest opal mines in the world and the only one in Europe. They are located in Eastern Slovakia in the Slanské Hills (Slanské vrchy) mountains, in Region Prešov (Prešovský kraj), above the village of Červenica. Mines were known in the entire world since the end of the 16th century because of the opal mined here. First written mention about the village Červenica specifically mentioning opal mines is from 1409. It is possible that opal was mined here since the roman era. Slovak opal was a firm favourite of Napoleon’s family. Empress Joséphine wore the most famous piece called "Fire of Troy". The largest opal found was called "Harlequin", mined in 1775 and valued at 700 000 Dutch guilders. Today it is displayed in the Museum of Natural History in Vienna. Slovak Opal Mines were the only mined deposit of opal worldwide until the discovery of deposits in Mexico and Australia in the 19th century. Mining operations were suspended indefinitely after the creation of ... ... Read more

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