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Much of the architecture of Menorca has been founded on limestone and the limestone quarry at Santa Ponça was a very important one, though now no longer in use. It was exploited for more than 100 years from the middle of the 19th Century until 1970.

When the quarry was first developed, the stone was extracted manually from the top and quarry men (known locally as "trencadors") worked with hand tools including hammers, mallets, chisels and wedges to split the stone into suitable ashlars for building. And it was not until the late 1960s that electricity was introduced as a source of power.

You can see the extent of the workings here as I estimated the height (i.e. the depth of the excavation) of these walls to be at least 60 metres and you can clearly see the rough steps hewn into the cliff face on the left where the "trencadors" climbed to excavate various levels.

In May, 2000, the Island Council of Menorca named the quarry a Site of Cultural Interest.

And I was lucky when taking this picture that two young ladies wearing red jackets and with two dogs entered the scene!

You can see a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE here.

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