A Historical Salt Mine

Cacica Salt Mine, exploited since 1798, is a landmark, which could be visited since the half of 19 th century, on a short track that has been kept up until nowadays.

Cacica Salt Mine is located in the central-east side of the county of Suceava, on the eastern base of Obcina Mare. The salt mine is standing out on its simplicity and oldness. It has spacious areas, ready for being visited, displayed on multiple plans. The entry is made on wooden fir tree stairs, which are over 200 years old, mineralized and pervaded by brine. At the end of the 192 stairs, 21 meters deep, there is the Catholic Chapel named Saint Varvara. It was built in 1806, so that the mineworkers could have a place to pray, as there was no church in the village at that time. Religious masses take place in the 4 th of December in this chapel. At that date, the Catholic, Orthodox and Greek Catholic priests perform the mass of the fate of Saint Varvara.

35 meters deep there is also an Orthodox chapel. Through the manually dug-in the salt massif passages, one can reach the depth of 44 m, to the Dwarfs` Cave (Grota Piticilor) and in the Ballroom, which were dug in by hand. The salt aerosols have therapeutic effects. The temperature inside the salt mine is relatively constant, of about 14 degrees Celsius.

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