A exploração da mina de carvão do Cabo Mondego: breve apontamento sobre um património degradado

Translated title of the contribution: The exploration of the Cape Mondego coalmine: a brief note on a degraded heritage

José M. Soares Pinto, Pedro Miguel Callapez, José Manuel Brandão, Ricardo Pinto, Ricardo Jorge Pimentel

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The Cape Mondego coalmine is one of the main paradigms of industrial mining in Portugal. Developed side to side with several other industries, such as glass, ceramics, cement and hydraulic lime, it took advantage of a local geology rich in
marly-limestone rocks. By this way, it became a milestone for a nation quite unprepared for the Industrial Revolution, and emerged in the scientific
community. From the old colliery only the coal choice house, the workspaces, and the entrances of the Mondego shaft, Nova Mondego gallery and Raposo’s shafts subsist today within the industrial facilities. Lying somewhat ruined in the Serra da Boa Viagem, are also visible the Lodi, Caldas, and S. João extraction pits, and the ventilation shafts located next to Caldas, Vieira and Guimarães shafts.
Knowing the historical importance of this coaling and industrial complex singular in Portugal, the responsible entities should consider the conservation of what still exists. It also reveals a strong geotouristic potential and is located side to side with the protected area of the Mondego Cape Natural Monument.
Translated title of the contributionThe exploration of the Cape Mondego coalmine: a brief note on a degraded heritage
Original languagePortuguese
Title of host publicationSantos Rocha
Subtitle of host publicationArqueologia e territórios da Figueira da Foz
EditorsAna Margarida Ferreira, Raquel Vilaça
Place of PublicationFigueira da Foz, Coimbra
PublisherMunicípio da Figueira da Foz/ Instituto de Arqueologia - Universidade de Coimbra
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-989-8903-48-8
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Mina de carvão
  • Cabo Mondego
  • Património industrial


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