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Until the discovery of opal deposits in Mexico and Australia in the 19th century, the opal mines near the village of Červenica were the only mined site in the world. Members of Emperor Napoleon's family especially liked the Slovak precious opal. Empress Josephine wore the most famous opal, the Trojan Fire. The largest opal named Harlequin was found in 1775 at the bottom of a stream in the settlement of Červenica and today it is stored in the Natural History Museum in Vienna.

Slovak opal mines

Until the discovery of opal deposits in Mexico and Australia in the 19th century, the opal mines near the village of Červenica were the only mined site in the world. Members of Emperor Napoleon's family especially liked the Slovak precious opal. Empress Josephine wore the most famous opal, the Trojan Fire. The largest opal named Harlequin was found in 1775 at the bottom of a stream in the settlement of Červenica and today it is stored in the Natural History Museum in Vienna.

In the post-war period, the mines closed due to the bad economic situation and only today are they starting to come to life again and the site is also accessible to tourists. The main mining corridors are more than 30 km long and are spread over 15 horizons (blind tunnels).

The mines are open all year round and have a constant temperature of 4-6 ° C. The tours are from Monday to Sunday at 9.30, 11.00, 12.30, 14.00, 15.30.

You also have the opportunity to order an adventurous tour of the underground mining areas (for info call +421 904 223 300)

Additional information

Transport: By foot, By bike, By car, By bus
Parking: Free parking nearby

Accepted payments: Cash
Languages: Slovak

Suitable for: Childrens, Families with childrens, Elderly, Handicapped, Cyclists, Young, Adults
Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Updated on: 21.3.2020
Source: Kam na výlet

Opening hours

Weather

monday - sunday:
09:30 - 15:30


Contact

Phone: +421 904 223 300
Website: opalovebane.com
Slovak opal mines
Červenica 3440
082 07  Červenica
Region: Prešovský
District: Prešov
Area: Šaris
 48.90416, 21.46034

Červenica 3440
082 07  Červenica

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