St. Andreas Fundgrube Mine / Weiße Erden Pit

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Historical records of ore mining in the Ore Mountains begin in 1168, when silver ores were discovered in the vicinity of today's Freiberg. More than 800 years of mining history of the Ore Mountains are based on this discovery.

Kaolin extracted in the Ore Mountains formed the basis for the invention of European hard-paste porcelain in 1708 by Johann Friedrich Böttger (1682-1719) and Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus (1651-1708). The originally preserved Huthaus (administration and assembly building) of the Weiße Erden Pit represents the enormous importance of this site as a supplier of kaolin. For a period of some 150 years, the Weiße Erden Pit supplied the high-grade kaolin required for the manufacture of porcelain in Meissen. All the valuable products, from the first period of the world-famous porcelain manufactury in Meissen were created using kaolin extracted from this mine.

Members of the Montanregion in the Czech Republic

Boží Dar Horní Blatná Jáchymov Krupka Loučná pod Klínovcem