Les Carrières du Bon Temps

Les carrières de Junas

Useful Information

Location: 3 Chem. du Bon Temps, 30250 Junas.
(43.773840, 4.119858)
Open: no restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: MineLimestone Quarries and Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: self guided
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: yes
Address: Les Carrières du Bon Temps, 3 Chem. du Bon Temps, 30250 Junas.
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Les Carrières du Bon Temps (Bon Temps Quarries) are located at the village Junas, so they are also called carrières de Junas. The limestone quarries were used more or less continually for 2,000 years since Roman times to extract limestone for buildings and for sculptures. The result is really weird geometrical rocks, the faces of the multiple cut-off blocks of limestone. Obviously, the size of the quarried rocks varied, and also there were impurities in the rock which were avoided. If there was a crack in the rock, a pilar remained. The result is a weird amphitheatre, which is today used for cultural events. The quarry was abandoned in the mid-20th century.