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Idrija and Fellow Mining Towns Seek UNESCO Listing

Idrija, 11 May - Idrija, a town in northern Slovenia known for one of the world's biggest mercury mines, has joined efforts with Spain's Almaden, Huancavelica in Peru and San Luis Potasi in Mexico in what will be the first ever serial intercontinental bid for a UNESCO World Heritage Site listing.

Idrija, municipal HQ
A press conference on a joint bid for making mercury heritage a UNESCO World Heritage Site;. Francisco Lopez de Morales (left) and Esther Rodriguez Garcia of Mexican and Spanish culture ministries.
Photo: Marko Cencic/STA

Idrija, municipal HQ
A press conference on a joint bid for making mercury heritage a UNESCO World Heritage Site; (left to right) Dusan Kramberger of and Jelka Pirkovic of the Cultura Ministry and Mayor of Idrija Bojan Sever.
Photo: Marko Cencic/STA

Idrija
The entrance to Antony's Main Road, the oldest part of the Idrija mercury mine.
Photo: Marko Cencic/STA

Idrija
The entrance to Antony's Main Road, the oldest part of the Idrija mercury mine.
Photo: Marko Cencic/STA

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