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This tour makes health your no 1 priority, with a touch of fun. The microclimate of Turda salt mine provides optimal conditions for various rehabilitation therapies in internal and respiratory disease by using prophylaxis and preventive approach. Allergic respiratory diseases, chronic evolving infections, allergic (asthma, chronic bronchitis) improve by increased exposure combined with respiratory physiotherapy sessions in the salt mine microclimate. If you work and live in a big city or in a hazardous medium, breathing in emissions, gas, smog, tobacco, your airways will thank you later. Children benefit most from the salt mine microclimate by a better use of oxygen which promotes growth and development. It’s not uncommon to see newborns there as well. After a minimum of two hours in the salt mine, one improvement will be increased and visible: your appetite, ready for Transylvanian cuisine.
In the morning
Alba Carolina, a Vauban star shaped fortress build in 18th century, at its time the strongest Austrian fortress in Transylvania. The 12 km length walls still stand tall today, making it a unique military architectural piece in Europe. Also known as Karlzburg after the Austrian-Hungarian king, Karol the VIth, the fortress holds inside its walls the main touristic attractions of Alba-Iulia, one of which stands out: St. Michael cathedral, a valuable architectural monument in Transylvania, with the same age as its sister in Paris, the Notre Dame.
The Romans had more than one reason for expending their empire to the south-east of Europe, to a place then called Dacia: salt and gold. If gold meant Alburnus Maior (Rosia Montana today), salt meant Potaissa, (Turda today). The impressive salt mine of Turda, a veritable museum of salt mining, is flocked with more and more tourists every year. Not only the air does you good, but its impressive modern design and various inside activities (carousel ride, amphitheatre, a boat lake ride, minigolf, children play area) make it a go-to destination.
“It was pleasantly quiet here” that’s what most tourists say about this place. A former mining village today a monument-village which managed to keep and conserve its heritage, the architectural values of old times, awarded in 1999 the “Europa nostra” distinction for rural restoration: each house declared a historical monument has to be preserved, restored according to its initial neoclassical architecture.
“The smaller Rome” as Romanian poet Eminescu called it, this small city played an important role in Romanian history. Blaj was the cultural center of Transylvania and its Scoala Ardeleana, an educational system build and formed here, started a national awakening and emancipation in Transylvania, followed by a national movement in 18th century. Access to education in its native tongue Romanian changed the life of a generation and the course of history for Transylvania, with Blaj as its leader city.
The Gothic Evangelical Church of Seica Mica was built in 15th century. The lodge was three ships and a bell tower and an elongated choir. The church had two shrines build in 1552 and 1762, one stolen in 1999, the current one made from marble.