Turda’s salt mine to re-enter tourist and spa circuit

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Turda’s salt deposit (Romanian: Salina Turda), (central-west) is to re-enter the tourist and spa circuit in January 2010, after ample rebuilding and modernization works were carried out here in the latest years.

The works absorbed European Funds worth 4.8 million euros and 1 million euros in co- financing from the Turda City Hall and the Cluj County Council.
On Tuesday, December 15, there began the final verification of what was done here.
The Turda City mayor Tudor Stefanie told that by the finalization of this project, appreciated by many of the representatives of tour operators European aide, ‘the salt deposit will re- become a reference point for Turda and it will for sure stimulate the economic life of the city’.

The modernization works at the salt mine began in January 2008, with architect Dumitru Iosif supervising the development of the four stages of the project. A 4-storey spa complex was erected close to the Durgau Lake, the Rudolf salt mine was rearranged, with an 80-seat amphitheatre having been placed here for concerts, a mini-golf field and a multi-sport one.

The Rudolf mine, 40-m in height, benefits now of a state-of-the-art elevator, from the board of which one can admire the entire view offered by the salt deposit. Another stage of the project was represented by the rearranging of the Terezia mine, where tourists can now row across the salt lake, an wharf having been built there too.

The Ghizela mine became the actual spa complex, with good specialists working here. The salt-air therapy takes between 7 and 12 days, with a daily programme of at least 30 minutes. Inside the salt deposit the microclimate rarely exceeds 10-12 Celsius degrees, with the speed of the airflow being of maximum 0.2 m/s (0.02 m/s in the Rudolf mine).

The exploitation of the mine dates from the Roman Empire era, when people built here rooms of 17-34 m depth and 10-12 m width, disposed one near the other an separated by a safety consolidation, so as to obtain the precious crystals. Nevertheless, the massive exploitation of the salt mine was documentary attested in the 13th century. The extractions stopped in 1932, with the mines having been re-opened in 1992, for tourists and for patients with breathing problems.

The lack of pathogen bacterium and a moderate ionization of the air have have their contribution to the well- known benefic effect over the breathing apparatus.
The Turda salt mine is considered among the historic monument in the Cluj County.

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