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Underground treasures, that is to say about carpathian ancient mines (“bania”)

A few words of introduction, that is to say about the track
A specific time travel will become an adventure to participates when they can learn a number of secrets hidden by tremendous mountains. A tourist tramping this track will see how significant role was played by industry in development of mountain spots and what environmental impact it had.


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A few words of introduction, that is to say about the track

A specific time travel will become an adventure to participates when they can learn a number of secrets hidden by tremendous mountains. A tourist tramping this track will see how significant role was played by industry in development of mountain spots and what environmental impact it had.

The mountains always attract adventurers and treasure seekers. Inaccessibility added them some mysteriousness. Before mountain peaks became to be climbed and tourist tracks were established, the mountains were served as a raw materials extraction site. Although, today it is difficult to imagine the mountains without high mountain pastures and sheep feeding on them, yet several centuries ago in place of shepherd chalets there were drawing shafts as well as ironworks.

The aim of the trail “Underground Treasures, that is to say about Carpathian ancient mines” is to recall the Carpathian industrial heritage. A tourist tramping this trail will be get acquainted with the history of heavy industry in the Tatras, Pieniny and Beskid Niski, learn the methods of ore prospecting and extracting and legends connected with mines and its environs. The diversity of visited places will attract more visitor. A tourist will have an opportunity to learn the history of mining various minerals– from iron ores trough silver and gold to radioactive uranium and petroleum. When tramping this trail a tourist will recognise how many names are connected with human mining and processing activities within these areas. The trail name is originated from the Podhale dialect, where a mine is called “bania”.

The beginnings of ore prospecting are connected with legends and traditions that went about among the inhabitants of the Tatras for many centuries. They said about a fabulous wealth hidden in the mountains and recurrently indicated also roads and routes to be followed. This forced many poor people, who wanted to change and improve their lot in life, to search supposed treasures.

This specific time travel will become to each participant an adventure enabling many secrets hidden by tremendous mountains to be revealed. A tourist tramping this trail will learn how important role in developing mountain spots was played by industry and what is its environmental impact. It is also possible to understand how an attitude to mining was altered.

Track type: hiking, car, backpacking, geographical, geological, culture knowledge, historical


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