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Deep in the Transylvanian countryside lies an ancient salt mine dating back over two millennia.
Today Salina Turda has become an unlikely tourist attraction, with thousands of visitors descending its vertical shafts each year to play mini-golf, go bowling and row around its underground lake.
This submerged wonderland even has a healing centre for people with lung conditions.
British photographer Richard John Seymour recently travelled to Salina Turda in his quest to document human-altered landscapes. ‘Photographing this space was a challenge due to its sheer scale. Humans are put into perspective and the difference between nature and man-made features is blurred’.
Salina Turda filled the coffers of Hungarian kings and Habsburg emperors – especially during the 13th century, when salt was more valuable than gold – and sustained the local community for centuries. […]