Rancid, he was a mine.

This exhibition will retrace the history of the Rancié iron mine for a long time considered to be the most important iron mine in the Pyrenees.
Throughout its history, it has punctuated the life of the whole of Haute Ariège; its exploitation is mentioned in ancient texts as early as 1294 and it did not officially close until 1931.
Picks of miners, oil lamps, gorbilho, engravings, old photographs and documents of the time are available to you; the twenty-minute film by Francis Arthur Fontés also allows you to relive the living conditions of these families of minors.
The visit of this exhibition may be the culmination of the cultural walk "In the footsteps of the miners of Rancié", thanks to which you can take the real stony path used by miners and muleteers to sell their ore.
Small library on the mine (to consult on site).

To complete your visit, a "mine" space is set up in the Maison des Patrimoines, the Barri in Auzat.

Visit of the exhibition :

In July and August from 14 p.m. to 16 p.m. or by appointment all year round.

Free admission


Ariège Pyrenees

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