Sic, Cluj county

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Considered once a blooming small and burg, Sic commune has known prosperity for a long time thanks to the salt deposits it held. The white gold, as it was once called, has influenced many fates and brought sweat on the faces of many. Since ancient times it was exploited by the Romans, and the proof are the pits 12 meters in depth, that are today filled with water and called lakes. The Romans used to work at the surface, in pis shaped as rectangles. In this way, the salt was much easier to extract and required simple excavating equipment.

But the glorious times of Matei Corvin ebbed away with the founding of the salt mine in Ocna Mureș.

Divided into three zones, more exactly into three streets, the Sic commune differs from any other place in the country by the traditions it cherished and kept over time. Each area has developed its own customs and for a long time, the marriage between two young people from different streets was banned.

Currently, Sic is famous for its rush-bed, its natural reservation, a protected area of national interest, located in the Fizeş Valley.

Since 2000, the area of about 2 hectares is officially protected by law, included in IUCN 4th category (bird type natural reservation), thanks to the rush-bed that harbors a variety of migratory birds species, wandering marsh birds, such as the little Grebe, the bittern, the Coot, the bunting or the lapwing.

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