The hard working men of Potaissa seem to come back to life when you walk down the Turda salt mine large alleys, the most visited place in our country, a museum of unencountered mining, but also a fascinant place that always impels you to come back.
Hundreds of years of manual work, thousands of people working in the underground to take out salt flinders, valuable in those times, flinders who were the only means to provide them with their food. Thousands of horses that were sitting in the dark for hours and hours were able to the light so rarely that in the moment they were taken out of the underground, their eyes were cloudy as if their whole future was remaining in the dark.
Maria Simona Baciu, General Manager Turda Salina Durgău:
We had the pleasure of being visited by an impressive number of tourists all over the world. The excellent condition of the mining machinery and of the equipment used to transport salt, along with the care with which the work preparations for the reopening mine have been carried out in order to become an European tourists attraction or even a worldwide one are making our salt mine a place in which the past and the present are harmoniously intertwined.
As soon as you get in you can see salt flinders, whiter, darker, you get to see countured shapes and stripes. You see the production’s well, you walk where the miners were saying their prayers, but also in the place where they were descending under the surface, you can observe our ancestors traces in the so called “salt closet”. It stays hidden in the underground, apreciated by all of us today, creating a space where you can recreate and you can feel better. Although it was once forgotten or used as a storehouse for cheese, the salt mine is today visited by millions of people, Romanians and foreigners alike, as if rewarding the callous hands of the miners.
The long corridors, so perfectly straight and white coloured, create a captivating space from the first moment you see them. In addition to the already-known curative properties, you are surprised to discover an area so beautiful, designed by the great alliance between man and nature. Hundreds of metres travelled underground reveal a fresh and so well preserved world. The parallel streaks so perfectly carved by the salt miners’ hammers bear witness to their grueling labor here over the centuries.
Then, when you reach the Echoe Hall (Iosif Mine), you may shout out and feel overwhelmed by the chaos made by your feet and the sounds that seem never end. Like an answer from the underground, your voice is powerful, 16 times you keep hearing and hearing it all over again. It’s an echo, it’s a call, it is hope. Move on. Daze – this is the only word that can describe this feeling you have – the power of nature has made its mark on the walls creating pockets that are deepening by the day, especially on summer days when warm currents are reaching even here, in the heart of the mine. Like them, the walls that seem to be shaped by the skilled hand of a sculptor, stalactites changes their structure every day and create forms that capture and test your imagination. You are watching them from the top down, from side to side, and you can’t help but get wondered by nature’s greatness.
The panoramic elevator located in Rudolf Mine shows you a vivid appearance between the giants of salt. Children, young, old – everyone delights of miniature golf trail, minibowling tracks, sport field, amphitheater room that is large enough to accomodate concerts, a playground or a carousel. The salt mine is alive, it is the place where you can freely enjoy all that our elders have managed to achieve by labor, toil and froth.
Turda Salt Mine, main subject to the Daily Mail and Business Insider.
And when you are at this mine’s balcony, you’ll get to observe the Terezia Mine’s true splendour, where you can have a trip by boat, right inside the salt mountain’s heart. It’s impossible not to see the salt waterfall, formed a result of water leakage, a gate to perfect beauty. The benches, which lay silently in lit areas, await their guests, even for a few moments. A pleasant respite, woven with a salty smell, in which to include in a single glance this extraordinary underground show.
Not far away lies Ghizela Mine. Here there are places where you can rest, placed all around for guests to relax and benefit from the curative properties of salt. Asthma and chronic bronchitis may be treated by the action of natural aerosols existing here, while simultaneously strengthening the immune system.
“To the city named Turda … ” tourists come in large numbers, confirming the history and beauty of these places.
Good to know
- The growth rate of stalactites is about 2 cm/year and the maximum length they can develop is about 3 m.
- The Microclimate conditions of Turda Salt Mine enable the management and prophylaxis of several types of diseases.
- The crivac has its construction year carved on the spindle – 1881. It is the only device of its kind in all mines in Romania and probably in Europe kept in its original location.
- Mine properties should be tested when health is optimal? If you already suffer from a cold saline, the visit is contraindicated.