|Turda Salt Mine - top view after restoration using European grants|
The restoration was started in 2008 and the total EU grants approved to be used was 5.807.120 Euro (Romanian contribution: 950000 Euro and European funds: 4857120 Euro).
|Turda Salt Mine - after restoration using European grants|
|Turda Salt Mine - Top View|
|Turda Salt Mine Entrance|
The visitors was invited to use the new entrance from Durgau village where was made a large parking lot and an entrance building with a contemporary revolutionary design.
|The new elevator|
Many renewals were done underground: impressive access galleries, modern glass elevator, fantasist lighting system, a carousel with big and small wheels, the playground for children / adults and tennis court, a great semicircular amphitheater hall where spectators are delighted by the great acoustics (if you are lucky to be there during a music show)
Some historical notes about this region and some old pictures from the official website:
In Turda is one of the most important salt deposit in Romania, Transylvania, being one of the biggest places of salt extraction in entire region since Thracian times. The underground mining is said that was put into systematic exploitation during Roman conquest period. In the official documents from the middle of the 13th century, is written that the privileges for using the salt extracted from Turda Salt Mine was offered to the Transylvanian Catholic Church leaders. During the Second World War the mines were used as anti-aircraft shelter. The mine entered the Romanian tourist map in 1992.
|Turda Salt Mine - Rudolf section - image before restoration|
|Big Room / Sala Mare -old image|
The mine is surrounded by a beautiful natural reserve (founded in 1938) with a unique landscape: Turda Gorges / Cheile Turzii, where can feel one with nature. In Romania are many scenic routes, and for sure Turda Gorges is one of the prettiest having more than 15km long with arcades / towers formed by the Hăşdatele River and abrupt limestone walls (almost vertical) with 300m high. The gorges walls were formed more than 150 millions years ago, in Jurassic period and are the highest part of Apuseni Mountains, part of the "Apuseni Nature Park" - destination awarded in 2009 by EDEN - European Destinations of Excellence in "Tourism and Protected Area" section.
|Turda Gorges / Cheile Turzii- photo courtesy of wikipedia|
Turda Gorges / Cheile Turzii is surrounded by a varieties of fascinating caves, and near the historical Roman Castra Potaissa / Patavissa (today Turda).
|Turda / Potaissa Roman Castra, picture courtesy of wikipedia|
A day trip to Turda / Turda Gorges / Turda Salt Mine is a must for any visitor to Romania. It is an excellent destination for every tourist and a fascinating place where nature enthusiast can spend unforgettable time visiting, seeing, making photographs or filming, hiking, biking and free-climbing. It is beautiful, isn't it?