Google Put The Turda Salt Mine On Street View
Google put on Street View one of the most beautiful subterranean places in Romania: the Turda Salt Mine, which has been included, in the last years, in international publications in the list of most beautiful mines in the world.
At Turda, salt has been exploited ever since the time of the Romans, but the mine had it’s peak between the 17th and 19th century. Google will continue to put on Street ViewGoogle a pus pe Street View other tourist attractions from Romania.
Google announced the publication, on Street View, of panoramic images from inside the Turda Salt Mine. Tourists from Romania and abroad can take a virtual walk through the galleries, chambers and shafts of the Turda Salt Mine. One can explore the Franz Josef gallery, the impressive Rudolf mine, with it’s 13 levels , or the lake from the Tereza mine. The images from inside the salt mine were made in May 2015, with a special camera, placed on a tripod and post processed into special Street View images.
The salt mine was modernized between 2008 and 2010, and is currently one of the most spectacular places in the country, mainly because of the amazing “sci-fi” lights. Last year alone there were over 470.000 visitors, 30% being from abroad. This year will surely see more than 500.000.
Google is collecting footage from cities in special cars, with a adapted camera mounted on top. In narrow spaces they use a tricycle, and on mountain paths they use a special backpack. Neither of these could be used in the Turda salt mine.
In Romania, the Street View service was launched in 2010 and it’s spread throughout the country was made in 2012, when the Google cars, together with Trek bicycles, made a long tour of the country. Today, almost all the car accessible roads of Romania are covered by street view. Besides these, there are also dozens of tourist destinations, unaccessible by car: Sighisoara citadel, Biertan Fortified Church, The Village Mueseum of Bucharest, Bran Castle and Corvin Castle of Hunedoara.
The tTurda salt mine is on number 5 in the top Romanian tourist destinations, according to Google Maps, the first 3 positions being occupied by the famous castles: Bran, Peles, Corvin.
There is evidence that in the Turda area there used to be salt mines even in the Roman times, but excessive mining started only in the Middle Ages, when salt was even more expensive than gold, being one of the few ways through which foods could be preserved for a long time.
The first document which talks about the existance of a salt mine in Turda dates back from May 1st, 1271, being emited by the Hungarian canceler. 3 centuires later, the mine was expanding and becoming very important for the local economy.
The mine started to see its downfall after the 1840′, when, because of growing competition from the nearby Mures mine. After WWI, the salt exploitation became a state industry, and the continuous decline of the mine’s activity, mainly due to low productivity, lead to the it closing, in 1932. During WWII, the mine as used by the local population as a bomb shelter, and in the ’60s, it was used a refrigerator for cheeses. The mine was reopened to vistors in 1992 and between 2008 and 2010, it was modernized, with a total investment of over 10mil EUR.
Top 10 most visited sights in Romania, on Street View
1. Sibiu medieval center
2. Bran Castle
3. Sighisoara Citadel
4. Peles Castle
5. Brasov medieval center
6. The Village Museum of Bucharest
7. The Palace of Culture in Iasi
8. Corvin Castle of Hunedoara
9. Cismigiu Park
10. The Romanian Atheneum of Bucharest
Top 10 tourist destinations in Romania, on Google Maps