Salina Turda the Science Fiction Wonder of Cluj – Romania

Salina Turda is a must-see place in Romania located 30 km from Cluj-Napoca. A trip to Salina Turda promises to be interesting from the moment you see the outside building. It resembles a science fiction outpost. Thousand of interior lights are waiting and the air seems to go all the way to your brain skipping the lungs. It’s easy to imagine yourself on another planet or on a space ship where an adventure begins.

Since 1991, Salina Turda has been declared “a museum mine.” Currently, Salina includes: “Franz Josef Gallery” with a gallery dug in sterile salt with a length of 526 m and the actual Salina, including the “Joseph Mine”, “Horses Room” – (mining machine), The “extraction pit”, The Shrine room,” The “Teresa Mine”, the “Rudolph Mine”, the ”Gizela Mine”, the “Anton Mine” and the inclined plane which are connected by galleries.

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In the Shrine Room workers signed in and out of work. Children were cleaning the mines at night and lifted the salt rocks into carriages that were drawn by horses. At day they gave tools and lamps to miners.

The Teresa Mine: It’s the second mine shaped as a bell, with a depth of 90 m from the balcony and 112 m from the surface. On the hearth there is an underground lake that’s 48 m deep and 70 m in diameter and the salt island is 5 m high.

Salina Turda reentered the tourist circuit in January 2010. A renovation process took place until then and many of the mines were redesigned. In the Rudolf Mine was built an amphitheatre which can accommodate 80 people and concerts and auditions can be played. A golf course was also built. A modern elevator was installed in the mine and a panoramic view of the mine can be seen from it.

At the Terezia Mine tourists can take a boat ride from the new pier specially built for this purpose. The Gizela Mine was transformed into a modern treatment centre. Saline air treatments last for at least 30 minutes a day for 7 to 12 days.

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