Cacica Saltworks – A Unique Museum


Cacica village, Suceava county, houses one of the oldest salt mining in Europe. When you enter the mine, an impressive salt sculpture portraits Jesus Christ crucified. Cacica Saltworks is unique through its hand carved galleries. After 1775, the military administration of Austro-Hungarian Monarchy brought here specialist workers from Poland who built the salt mine after Wieliczka Saltworks model.

95 ft below the ground, there is a Roman Catholic Chapel, built in 1806 for pole miners. On the right wall of the chapel, there is an icon of Santa Varvara, patronizing the mineworkers. Every year, on 4th of December, Roman Catholic, Greek Catholic and Orthodoxy confession priests celebrate Santa Varvara. Further down, an Orthodox Chapel is located in a larger gallery, where a 150 years old cross can be found, carved out of rock salt.

At 147 ft below ground, there is an artificial lake with saturated brine water. With salt crystals formed thousands years ago, this lake was hosting marriage proposals or promenades to the ballroom parties in the past. Nowadays, the dance hall is named after Agripa Popescu, the first Romanian director of State Monopoly Administration, and houses different performances and festive meetings. There can also be found a small wooden cabin where hot tea or coffee is served.

Cacica Saltworks is opened Mondays to Fridays, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Approximatively 10 mi near to Gura Humorului, Cacica village is situated at the base of Călugăriţa hill.
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