Suceava

Cacica Salt Mine

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Cacica
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Cacica

Objective:
Mineral deposits

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Cacica Salt Mine is located in the town with the same name in Suceava County.

 

The salt deposits from here were discovered over two hundred years ago and the Habsburgs were those who began their exploitation in 1798.

 

The galleries which are in perfect condition even today despite their secular age were dug only by hand, without any equipment, by workers brought by force from the entire empire.

 

In the underground there are more than 8,000 galleries reinforced with wood.

 

Now the salt mine is not operational for industrial purpose, but a unique underground museum was arranged as it is thousand of meters deep.

 

The authorities hope to turn the salt mine in a destination for balneal touristic circuit.

 

If you suffer from asthma or other respiratory problems, a workout session in the gym located at 75 meters depth is recommended.

 

For all tourists without fear of darkness and claustrophobia a nice place to visit is the salt water lake located at 33 meters depth, a surface of water unique in our country. This lake was dug by miners with their bare hands in the rock, and now tourists can cross it on boat.

 

Long time ago in the festivities room there were organized parties and even balls for the space allows it. The “Main Hall” is 24 meters long and 12 high. The novelty is the three balconies carved in salt, at the end of the room.

 

At Cacica Salt Mine you can also see Saint Varvara Roman-Catholic Chapel and the Orthodox chapel.

 

In order to visit the Roman-Catholic religious place you must descend about 200 steps that will carry you at over 20 meters depth. This chapel was built two hundred years ago for miners to have a place to pray before and after work, being well known that these workers were very faithful. The chapel can be easily considered a church in the true meaning of the word because it has an altar carved in salt, icons, chandelier and even a balcony for the choir.

 

In December, on Saint Varvara day, the patron of the chapel, the service is performed here and the local people’s children give folk shows.

 

The Orthodox chapel is newer and it was built at a greater depth and has bas-reliefs on the walls carved in the rock of salt. The designs are copied after others of a salt mine in Poland.

 

In order to combine the tastes of as many tourists as possible, near the Cacica Salt Mine there was arranged a beach and a swimming pool covered with salt water, where you can come for relaxation, but also for treatment of diseases, such as rheumatism and bone lesions.

 

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