Hi guys. Today I took a trip over to the old "Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex" in Essen, Germany (where I'm living for the summer.) It is an old coal mine and coking plant (one of the largest of its kind) and is now completely open to the public to go walk around. It is really cool testament to the ingenuity of mankind, and has some really cool buildings/architecture. Here's the wiki article if you want read more about it... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zollver...strial_Complex
So, I took 125 pictures, here are some of the best ones.
And here's the whole album if you're curious... http://s299.photobucket.com/albums/m...n7/Zollverein/
The large mine shaft upon entering
Old building, now a design museum, in Bauhaus style
3D map of the complex
Coking Plant in the Distance
As it was...
Some old control
Coking Plant (Check out the old picture in wiki from the same perspective)
More Coking Plant
There were almost 300 of these coking chambers, each numbered. A huge rail guided machine rode along the side over the water, I don't know what it did, but it is huge!
Huge rail machine on Right
Can you find the bush growing horizontally out of the side of this tower?