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Visiting the second largest mercury mine in the world, Idrija Mercury Mine and Slovenia's oldest mining city will surely be a remarkable experience. The mysterious underground mines are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2012. It was opened in 1490 and until the WWI it was one the best technically equipped mines in Europe, to be finally closed in 1986 for commercial, geological and ecological reasons. But, while operating this mine has produced over 147,000 tons of mercury. Today visitors can visit some of the old mining buildings like the Mercury Mine Museum, but the highlight is certainly going deep into the underground to see first-hand how working in a mine was like.

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