17th Century Romanian Salt Mine Converted Into A Tourist Attraction

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Salina Turda was a massive salt mine in Turda, Romania. Its origins date back to the 17th century and it was a working mine up until 1932. Sixty years later the mine reopened as a tourist attraction featuring a museum, event space, walking tours and random activities like pool, table tennis and even boat rides.

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Inside Salina Turda are number of mines, rooms and galleries that can be explored. The deepest is the Terezia mine which is 120 m (394 ft) deep. The underground lake is between 0.5 and 8 m (1.6 – 2.6 ft) deep. In the center of the lake there is a 5 m (16 ft) high island composed of salt waste that has been dumped there since 1880.

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The interior maintains a steady 11-12 degrees celsius and 80 percent humidity, completely devoid of any allergens and an almost absence of any bacteria, making the unique micro-climate a destination for those suffering from allergic respiratory diseases. [source]

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