Ciavolotta Mine

The silos of Ciavolotta

The silos of Ciavolotta

The Ciavolotta is a mine in the province of Agrigento, part of the central area of Sicily between Caltanissetta, Agrigento and Enna very rich in Sulfur. The mine was open in XVIII century and in the XIX, it became a very important resource for the island favoring the birth of a bourgeois society. The population of Favara grew rapidly from seven thousand people to twenty thousand. Unfortunately, because of the inhuman conditions under which the people were working, and because of the new cheaper extraction system in the USA, called Frash, the mine has been closed in the 1980s and now lays in complete abandonment. The plan is to turn the mine into a museum, but still very little has happened.

The plants are re-appropriating the area, and pigeons inhabit the buildings.

The mine

The mine

The building

The building

The left over material creates the landscape

The waste rock material creates the landscape

The inside silos surrounded by pigeons excrements

The inside silos surrounded by pigeons’ excrement

The entrance to the mine

The entrance to the mine

Old ruins vs new ones

Old ruins vs new ones

One of the exit tunnels

One of the exit tunnels

Wild Orchids - Ophrys exaltata

Wild Orchid – Ophrys exaltata

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