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Hotel Radium Palace

A stately hotel graces the entrance of Jáchymov, a small town that’s had a rich mining history since the mid-16th century. The mines, mainly iron and silver, reached peak productivity by the beginning of the 20th century, when the town was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Their waste materials provided a curious property, which helped chemists and physicists in other parts of Europe make outstanding discoveries.

After Hans Maria Klaproth extracted uraninite (then called pitchblende) from silver mining waste, its fluorescent properties were used for the color industry. Soon, the medical properties of radium also became well known, and a booming medical market of radiotherapies emerged

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