Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

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Turda Salt Mine (Salina Turda), Romania, operated between the 2nd century, abandoned in 1932, reopened for tourists in 1992.

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

More than three billion tons of salt was mined here. One of its halls named Rudolf hall is 260 ft (80 m) long, 160 ft (50 m) wide and 130 ft (40 m) high.

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

(via Wikimedia Commons, Ben Scicluna, Schoko Chantallle and Cristian Bortes)

The 178 mi (287 km) long Wieliczka salt mine, Wieliczka, Poland, built in the 13th century, but some parts operated until 2007. There are three chapels, dozens of statues and some chandeliers made of salt, among others.

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

(via Wikimedia Commons, Nico Trinkhaus, William, Konrad Glogowski and Victor Wong)

Blegny-Mine, a coal mine in the Liège region of Belgium, dates back to the 16th century. The visitors could walk 200 ft (60 m) under the earth with a former miner and discover the process of coal mining.

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

(via Antonio Ponte, Guido A. J. Stevens and Goya Bauwens)

The salt mine of Praid, Romania, used since the Dacian times, now one of Europe's largest salt mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

(via Salinapraid, Camil Ghircoias, Norin Teposu, Gabriela Grosseck, Cacuci Cristian and Ádám Szedlák)

The second largest salt mine in the world, the Khewra Mine, (also known as Mayo Salt Mine), in Khewra, Pakistan, supposedly discovered by the troops of Alexander the Great, but the main tunnel was only built in 1872. And there is a salt mosque!

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

(via Fakhir Shaheen, Farhan Chawla and Manal Khan)

The Bonne Terre lead mines in Missouri, used between 1860 and 1962. After the pumps were turned off, groundwater began pouring in, and slowly flooded the most of these man-made caverns. Now it's the world's largest freshwater dive location with 24 paths.

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

The two upper levels are lighted and accessible via guided walking tours, but the lower three are underwater. Visitors could see some drowned equipment here.

(via Missouri Division of Tourism)

The 16-level Bochnia Salt Mine, Bochnia, Poland, established in the mid-13th century, closed after WWI.

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

Journey Underground to These Eye-Poppingly Incredible Old Mines

(via Wikimedia Commons, Tobiasz Koprowski and mik Krakow)