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Cementera de Xerallo

Cementera de Xerallo

Industrial cement plant in the heart of the Pyrenees

In the 1950s, a cement factory opened in the heart of the Pyrenees. The quarry was a stone's throw away, while the coal came from the nearby mines of Malpàs. What could go wrong?

And yet, apparently, the construction of dams in the mountains was insufficient to keep this cement factory running.


The cement factory closed in 1973—great news for the environment. The concrete relics are really out of place in the idyllic Bellera River valley.

Made in Belgium

Besides the ruins of the administrative buildings, only the concrete framework now remains in the valley. All machinery was broken out. Those machines came from a dismantled cement factory in the Belgian municipality of Ravels and were transported by boat to Spain.


Higher up the mountain, you will find the quarry. From a handful of outbuildings, you can see the forgotten cement factory in the valley.

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