The Lavrion Mines

  • Athanassios KaterinopoulosEmail author


Lavrion Municipality extends 15 km along the SE coast of Attica, about 50 km from the center of Athens ( Next to Lavrion there is cape Sounion and the well-known temple of Poseidon. Ore exploitation of the Lavrion area has a history of 5,000 years. The naval strength of Athens in the fifth century BC and the silver decorations of its buildings are indications of the riches of the Lavrion mines. Apart from the ancient silver mining, Lavrion is known worldwide for the variety and the beauty of its mineral samples. These can be still found underground in the galleries, but also on the surface, wherever mining waste has been left.


Radioactive Waste Storage Underground Gallery Gallery Entrance Slave Revolt Euro Coin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geology and Geornvironment, Section of Mineralogy and PetrologyNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece

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