Initially developed in an attempt to outdo the Eiffel Tower, the Ferris wheel has become a staple of carnivals and tourist attractions all over the world. Some, like the London Eye, provide soaring views. Others, like this one in Turda, Romania, is hundreds of feet below the ground, offer an entirely different experience. Salina Turda is quite an old mine, with operations dating back several hundred years. The first recorded mention of a salt mine in the area is 1271, which should tell you that this isn't an ordinary industrial site.
The Ferris wheel is just one of many attractions in the Salina Turda mine.
One of the most popular things to see is simply the mine itself. The rock walls are some of the most beautiful in the world, with undulating patterns of salt and sediment reaching hundreds of feet into the air.
Abandoned old mining equipment has been repurposed to provide artful lighting in the space.
Everything is beautifully designed, with rough-hewn wood and always more lighting, which is incredibly important when there is no natural source of light.
The section near the Ferris wheel dates to 1876.
As you might imagine, the acoustics in such a place are one-of-a-kind, so naturally a beautiful amphitheater was constructed.
It's rare to be able to experience sights this dramatic in an enclosed space.
Boat rentals are an inexpensive and enjoyable way to see the mine up close.
But even the trip down provides some impressive views.
As does the trip back up.
Credit: Messy Nessy Chic