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The iron-manganese mines at Vani


The northwestern cape of Milos, Vani, is a special place and its volcanic, tall rocks arise through the sea looking as if they guard the island. In fact, the wind and the waves have given various shapes on the rocks, which the locals call Arkoudes (Bears) or Venetsianes. The black and red colour dominate in the area where the mining has left its strong mark. The mines operated mainly during World War II for maganese and barite excavation. Maganese is the metal which is used for the production of high strength steel that is useful in heavy and war industry. On the northern section there are ruins of the administration buildings, warehouses, laboratories, residences, auxiliary spaces. You can come through a dirt road by an off road vehicle, by walking or by boat. In the area there has been created a climbing field.

 

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