Sokolov Museum, allowance organization of the Karlovy Vary Region
The Hieronymus Mine, a cultural monument, is a unique witness of the mining culture and skills of our ancestors.
The Hieronymus tin mine southwest of the former town of Čistá was already registered by the mining authority in 1548. In 1551, King Ferdinand I. granted Čistá mining rights and the privileges of a royal town, which were acknowledged and expanded by subsequent rulers. The town had its own tin scale, tin smeltery and unlimited logging rights in the royal forests. At the start of the 17th century, the mines were not profitable in spite of the quick development of mining, and were sustained for the sole purpose of retaining the mining town status of Čistá.
During the course of its history, the Hieronymus Mine produced approximately 500–700 tonnes of tin. Although the mine was never as rich and renowned as other workings in the area, it has survived in its original form. Imposing underground chambers from the 16th century are located in the central part of the mine. In many places, the walls and ceilings are blackened by soot, which accumulated from fires that had been set. The walls are grooved by the moyles and picks of miners from the past.
With numerous interruptions and varying yields, the mines operated until the end of World War I. Exploratory workings were carried out between 1940-1943 and 1964-1966. Currently, the mine is undergoing an extensive and costly reconstruction in order to become a tourist destination.
15. October – April closed
May – 15. October We - Su 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4.p.m.
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