Šibenice (Gallows) – the secret of red sandstone
The wooded peak hides an interesting rock formed by red (ferruginous) sandstone.
What will you see? A rock tower, ferruginized and silicified sandstone, stopes after iron ore mining ... The rock tower that stands on top of Šibenice is formed by significantly reddish sandstone. What is the origin of this colour? It was caused by iron which “absorbed” into the sandstone from the nearby volcanic vein. This iron not only coloured the sandstone, but also reinforced it. Therefore, the local rock tower has survived until today. The rock walls display ferruginous incrustations of various shapes. Near Šibenice, small remnants of iron ore mining which took place here in the past are noticeable in the landscape. Stopes mostly have the shape of shallow ditches.
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