An old gypsum exploitation in the Spanish province of Palencia

Walking among bats and under ground: the huge mines of Hornillos de Cerrato

With the summer heat that we are having in Spain, the ideal plan seems to go to the beach. But if there is no beach, some good mines are also worth it.

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Covered from the sun, these underground places are often cooler. An example of this is the huge gypsum mines of Hornillos de Cerrato, in the province of Palencia, whose history is told by the always interesting YouTube channel Aventuras Entresierras in its latest video, which also shows us the interior of these very long galleries, now abandoned and with many landslides, as well as the colony of bats that inhabits them today (the video is in Spanish, you can activate the automatic subtitles in English in the bottom bar of the player):

Here you can see some screenshots of this interesting video as a preview of the jewels that it shows us. In this we see a sample of the extension of these gypsum mines (their accesses are the black holes that can be seen on that hill).

The galleries closest to the outside are in good condition...

... but as you enter the galleries (they are very long, by the way), the traces of the landslides are observed.

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