World Reviewer rating

Not yet rated

Sewell Mining Town

Listed under Industrial in Maule, Chile.

Photo of Sewell Mining Town
Photo by flickr user dbking
Pin It

Situated at 2,000 m in the Andes, 60 km to the east of Rancagua, in an environment marked by extremes of climate, Sewell Mining Town was built by the Braden Copper company in 1905 to house workers at what was to become the world’s largest underground copper mine, El Teniente. It is an outstanding example of the company towns that were born in many remote parts of the world from the fusion of local labour and resources from an industrialized nation, to mine and process high-value natural resources. The town was built on a terrain too steep for wheeled vehicles around a large central staircase rising from the railway station. Along its route formal squares of irregular shape with ornamental trees and plants constituted the main public spaces or squares of the town. The buildings lining the streets are timber, often painted in vivid green, yellow, red and blue. At its peak Sewell numbered 15,000 inhabitants, but was largely abandoned in the 1970s.

Copyright © UNESCO/World Heritage Centre. All rights reserved.

Read more about this place.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

There are no posts. Why not be the first to have your say?

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
Question
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?
 

Who's been here

No travelers have told us they have been here. Have you?

Similar Experiences

  • Bridge over the River Kwai

    The thing about the Bridge over the River Kwai is that when it and the ’death railway’ was built by Allied prisoners of war it …

  • D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station

    'The Wouda Pumping Station at Lemmer in the province of Friesland opened in 1920. It is the largest steam-pumping station ever …

  • Las Médulas

    In the 1st century A.D. the Roman Imperial authorities began to exploit the gold deposits of this region in north-west Spain, u…

Nearby Experiences

  • Museo Chileno de Arte

    If you plan to visit only one museum in Santiago, it should be the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, a block from the Plaza de Armas…

  • Santiago Mercado Central

    This market is something like an old fashioned grocery store set up inside a train station permeated with a pungent, lingering …

  • Cerro San Cristobal

    Cerro San Cristóbal is a hill in the Barrio Bellavista section of Santiago, Chile. The hill rises 880 m above sea level and abo…

Related links

Contribute to this page