Monday, December 8, 2008

Santa Clara del Cobre

Santa Clara del Cobre was an old copper mining centre from 1553 onward. Although the mines are now closed, the town has become a centre for copperware where the leftover copper ore from the closed mines is used to create unbelievable treasures.

Edit: I have just been told by my friend Michael that most of the copper now comes from scrap wire.

The streets are lined with stalls of craftsmen selling their wares. I wish we had some way to bring “stuff” back home. We have not been in a town yet where we did not say, “if only we had the room…”. We did buy some pounded copper address numbers for the house. The benches around the Centro Plaza as well as the garbage cans on the street are solid copper. Here is a Santa Clara feast for the eyes:







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