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Parc Ela Summer Series: How Water, Wood+Ore Became Metal

Hans Stäbler guides us through the process of metal smelting in the Bellaluna mining ruins and explains why water and forest wealth were crucial in graubünden's first industrial centre.


03.08.2022 from 17:00 to 18:30 o'clock
"Simply for returns" applies here – if you arrive by public transport, you will return free of charge! All information under www.parc-ela.ch/retour
Lecture from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by an aperitif.
former Restaurant Bellaluna

Between the 16th and 19th centuries, the Albula Valley was a centre of iron, lead and zinc production. The Bellaluna mining ruin is still considered one of the largest and most important smelting plants in the canton of Graubünden. In particular, the ore deposits in the vicinity and further afield, the hydropower of the Albula and the Stulserbach as well as the abundance of forests formed the basis for ore smelting and metal processing in Bellaluna. In addition to iron and steel production, lead and zinc were also produced and processed directly on site. To this day, the remaining, impressive fragments of the wall testify to how impressive the smelting plant in Bellaluna was.
This event is part of the Parc Ela summer series "Scazis da tera", which invites locals and guests to take a look underground. In partnership with the Archaeological Service graubünden, we are on the road with researchers in the Parc Ela this year to discover our history stored in the ground. Learn what it looked like a long time ago in Parc Ela and what treasures can still be recovered today. The subsequent aperitif offers the opportunity to discuss the fascination and importance of these mineral resources.


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