The snow well

The snow well

On the road up to the observatory (the LP4) between Fuente de Olen and Pico de la Nieve, you can see a 17th century snow well. It worked like an northern European ice house: pack the snow in hard during the winter, cover it up, and then collect it in the summer and sell it to rich people.

The main difference is that in northern Europe you don’t need a mountain and you didn’t have to carry the ice nearly as far. In this case, I believe they went up with a donkey by moonlight, and timed it to arrive in Santa Cruz early to mid-morning to sell the ice for making ice-creams.

Inside the snow well

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