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Samson Pit was the deepest mine in the world...

The Samson Pit, located in Sankt Andreasberg, is counted among the most significant mining monuments in Europe. From 1521 until 1910, silver ore in particular was mined here. For many years, the Samson Mine was one of the world’s deepest. It is also home to the man engine known as the Fahrkunst, which is still in operation and is now recognized as an international machine monument. Equally impressive are the two water wheels - the reversible overshot wheel from 1819, which is 9 m high, and the pump wheel, which stands 12 metres tall and is driven by water during the tour, just as it was centuries ago.

The Samson Mine is part of the Upper Harz Water Management System, which was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2010.

Water wheel in Samson neu pit reconstructed -

Report at NDR-TV und photo documentation


The damaged water wheel at the Samson pit was replaced by a new one in spring 2023.

The new construction of the water wheel is accompanied by a film contributions from the NDR. You can see the report in the show Hallo Niedersachsen from 10/17/2022 by simply clicking on the picture, the reconstruction is also documented here.