Prahova Salt Mine (Slanic Prahova) is the largest salt mine in Europe that is opened to the public. At this moment, the mine is not used for industrial purposes but for touristic and medical ones.
People come here all the year round to visit the impressive galleries carved in salt. Leaving aside the beauty of the place, this salt mine is also known for having a healing role in treating some respiratory infections.
The road to the salt mine is not impressive and not even the road to the core of the mountain, but once you have stepped through the gates of it, another world seems to uncover in front of your eyes. It took me over five minutes to get used to the massive galleries.
The first excavations in the Salt Mountain of Prahova are pinned by historical documents in the year 1685. The mining continued since then until 1972. The galleries are over 55 meters high, greater than the the hight of the Statue of Liberty without it’s foundation.
There are 14 rooms where you can stroll inside the mine on a surface of 78 square meters. 2,9 millions of cubic solid measure metered were excavated to reveal the great galleries.
The temperature is constant of 13 degrees celsius and the air humidity of 60%.
In one of the rooms, tourists can see a bust of Decebal the last king of the Dacians, the ancestors of the Romanian people. On the other side of the room you can also see tha bust of Traian, the roman emperor who managed to conquer the land of the Dacians. Traian and Decebal are considered to be the founders of the Romanian people.
Surrounding these busts there are some ornamental carvings that are carved in salt with Dacian and Roman motifs. Other busts in these salt galleries are of Mihai Viteazul, one of the most respected kings of Romania and one of Mihai Eminescu the most known poet of Romania.
Inside of this great mine, there are organized spaces for sportive activities and competitions. There are also leisure spaces for people who come here for therapeutic reasons. The air in the mine is exceptionally good for breathing problems and also for those who suffer from rheumatic impairment.
Therapy in the Salt Mine
Salt has been known as a powerful health remedy since ancient times, especially for respiratory health and detoxification. In many ways, these two functions are the foundation of overall health.
Speleotherapy originated in Poland in the 1950s, when medical providers noticed that salt miners rarely suffered from tuberculosis.
“The whole microclimate with the right air quality, humidity, and salt particles is effective for cleansing the respiratory tract, the skin, and the body as a whole,” Ron Rofé, owner of Halo Air/Salt Rooms in New York City, told Reuters.
The effectiveness of salt therapy has been measured at 85% – 90% in adults and 95-98% in children with the following health conditions:
- Bronchial asthma of varying severity
- Pneumonia after acute stage
- Chronic non-obstructive and obstructive bronchitis
- Sinusitis, pharyngitis, stuffy nose, allergic rhinitis
- Postoperative rehabilitation and recovery
- Eczema, dermatitis, and allergic dermatitis
- Hypertensive heart disease I and II-A stage
- Neuroses and neurosis conditions in diseases of internal organs
- Cardiovascular disease
- Cough, chest congestion, sore throat
- Diseases of the endocrine system, immune system, hormonal problems
- Chronic fatigue, insomnia
- Cleaning respiratory system of a smoker
- Fungus problems (prevention and treatment)
When, where, how much
Well, regarding the fact that Prahova salt mine is located fairly close to Bucharest and that, in the mine, there is a constant temperature of 13 degrees Celsius, tourists can come here any time of the year.
The best way to reach the salt mine is by car. Below, there is a Google Map showing the road from Bucharest to the salt mine.
There is a 1.45 hours road of 100 kilometers.
The ticket prices are fairly low. One ticket is 18 lei, about 4 euros. Don’t go visit the salt mine on Mondays. It is closed every Monday. The rest of the week they open at 7.30 in the morning and close at 13.00 in the afternoon. At 13.00 is the last transport to the underground. From the underground up you must exit at 15.30.