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Over the past few months the world was captivated by the saga that unfolded in a Chilean mine situated high up in the Atacama Desert. The story of real life human drama and courage, set in one of the world’s most demanding industrial environments, brought into sharp focus the realities faced by those who work in this risky industry.

The Atacama Desert also holds another reminder of the extreme environments faced by those who have worked in Chile’s mines – the remnants of the Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works. This site, with its still visible deserted workers village, is a poignant reminder of the human endeavour and commitment that is needed to harvest the world’s natural resources.

A growing number of industrial landscapes and features are being inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage list and OUR PLACE has documented a number of these. Among them are other significant mining environments - Las Medulas in Spain which is evidence of Roman Empire's largest open-cast gold mine; the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape in the UK which is recognised as one of the sources of modern day mining techniques, and the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland with its magnificent salt sculptures and galleries, are just some that we have documented and archived.

This month, two of the World Heritage sites that we are adding to our website picture galleries are also related to the global mining industry.

The inclusion of Industrial sites onto the WH list illustrates the recognition that is now being given to those industries that have helped create our modern world. It is also a testament to the people who worked in those industries. They have contributed so much to the living standards that we accept as part of our lifestyle today, and deserve to be recognised as part of our collective cultural legacy.




New Picture Galleries

  The prosperity of the Mexican city of Guanajuato was founded on the silver that was mined here. Silver brought wealth that resulted in sumptuous baroque and neoclassical architecture, which, together with the underground road network, gives the town its distinctive character.
Three hundred years of copper mining began at Røros, Norway in 1644. The town and the surrounding landscape are indelibly marked by the industry that took place in this remote environment.  
  Guarded by difficult terrain and dense rainforest in the Talamanca mountain range between Costa Rica and Panama, La Amistad International Park is the largest nature reserve in Central America, and is an area of unique biodiversity where previously unknown species are still being found.
At the junction of the Aragvi and Kura rivers in Georgia, lies Mtskheta one of the most ancient of cities in the southern Caucasus. Stunning churches and medieval religious architecture comprise the World Heritage site of Mtskheta Historical Monuments.  


La banque d’images de OUR PLACE sur le patrimoine mondial est développée en partenariat avec
le Centre du patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO. L’équipe OUR PLACE a déjà couvert plus
de 285 sites du patrimoine mondial dans plus de 80 pays.


El archivo fotográfico sobre patrimonio mundial OUR PLACE ha sido desarrollado en colaboración con
el Centro de Patrimonio Mundial de la UNESCO. El equipo de OUR PLACE ha fotografiado hasta ahora más
de 285 sitios declarados Patrimonio Mundial en más de 80 países.

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All OUR PLACE Photographs are taken with Panasonic LUMIX cameras

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