DISCOVER SALT MINE AND CLAYCRAFTS LEGACY - ONE DAY TOUR
Horezu - The capital of the Romanian folk pottery
Horezu City is best known for the traditional pottery manufactured in the area and for its 17th century monastery.
The town is well known having an Ethnographic Center and an ancient Folk Pottery Center. This area has a historical and monastic character, where you will experience various traditional Romanian handicraft activities such as pottery, weaving, religious painting and wood carving.
The town's iconic activity is that of pottery. The Olari Ceramic Center is famous and well known as a pottery center in Romania. Pottery is an inherited skill in the families of the potters who have preserved and handed down from parent to child the techniques of handling clay and creating unique Romanian ceramics styles.
Saline Ocnele Mari (Ocnele Salt Mine)
The Ocnele Salt Mine is located in Ocnele Mari, in Valcea County, in the central-southern part of Romania, in the Subcarpathian region of Valcea. The viewing area is located 225 meters above sea level and stretches over a 5-hectare area, underground in the mountain.
About the Salt Mine.
The salt mine at Ocnele Mari has been known of since the Dacian era. According to the archaeological finds, this would have been the Buridava tribal center.
The extraction of salt as a commodity continued during Roman occupation, the Roman camp at Stolniceni, was built precisely to control this commercial resource. After the Roman conquest, salt was extracted and sold for the benefit of the inhabitants of the area. Ocnele Mari was first mentioned in official documents in 1402. In the Middle Ages, the exploitation of salt had a special importance, as salt became a significant commodity and resource. During the reign of St. Voivod Martir Constantin Brâncoveanu, special momentum was given to the mining of this rich mineral at Ocnele Mari, where salt became an important source of income.
Transport into the mine is by bus. The salt air is considered very healthy and good for those with respiratory problems. Those with mild, asthma, pulmonary emphysema, allergies, chronic rhinitis, bisinosis, silicosis, chronic tonsillitis, etc. may benefit and gain some relief while exploring some of the many rooms many over 8m in height. You’ll be surprised at finding the following: An active church, museum, exhibits, restaurant, souvenir shops, full size football field, basketball court tennis court and table tennis tables, billiards table, karting circuit, children's playground and many other surprises, all underground.
The inner temperature is 13-15 degrees Celsius. It is advised to wear warm clothing.