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S'Hostal quarries

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S'Hostal quarries
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The s'Hostal quarries in Ciutadella is an non covered excavated space to extract sand stone blocks to build houses and other constructions. The sand stone, which is permeable and of different hardness and colour, has been used as a building material since the megalithic culture until now.

The s'Hostal quarries of sandstone were exploited until 1994. Líthica, a cultural association constituted with the main objective of preserving, restoring and rehabilitating the sand stone quarries, rented them in 1995 and, with the support of the Consell de Menorca has cleaned them and conditioned them to receive visits.

Visitors are able to observe the manual quarries, which are over 200 years old, and the mechanical quarries, that started working at the middle of the XX century with circular saws. The space also includes a botanic garden dedicated to the production of autochthonous plants.

Meanwhile, in July and August, the s'Hostal quarries holds different cultural activities, such as films, concerts, dancing and theme festivals.

Visiting times are from 9.30 a.m until sunset, except on Sundays from July to August, when the visiting times are from 9.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to the sunset.

The entrance is 3 euros. Under 10s and 65s free entrance.

More information:

Pedreres de S'Hostal

Camí Vell, Km 1 - 07760 Ciutadella

Phone. 971 48 15 78 - Fax: 971 48 42 07

www.lithica.es

 
Letztes Update: 18/07/2004

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