The Kingdom Of Salt

The Kingdom Of Salt

It’s hard to believe that centuries ago salt was as precious as gold – it was really extracted manually and the process was really hard while today it is mechanized and salt is very cheap. We are going to visit the main salt-producing company of Ukraine – “Artemsol” that operates in a city called Soledar.

The Kingdom Of Salt

The salt deposit near Bryantsevka village (Donbas) was found in 1880, it marked the start of the “Artemsol” history.

Today they export salt to twenty two countries around the world making over seven million tons of salt annually.

The Kingdom Of Salt

They extract salt from the depth of 200-300 meters. For over a hundred years the working system has stretched for about 300 km and more than 250 million tons of salt has been extracted. But in fact it’s only 3% of the whole Soledar supplies.

One of the dead holes is used as a speleoresort where people cure respiratory illnesses, tourists often come here for excursions and to visit the local underground museum of salt industry.

The Kingdom Of Salt

Descending to the tourist zone.

The Kingdom Of Salt

It is located 288 meters deep.

The Kingdom Of Salt

Underground infrastructure.

The Kingdom Of Salt

Signal codes.

The Kingdom Of Salt

Everything here is from salt!

The Kingdom Of Salt

This salt deposit appeared 250 million years ago from saline deposits of the ancient sea’s shallow bay.

The Kingdom Of Salt

Each layer of salt has been forming for about 100 thousand years.

The Kingdom Of Salt

Sculptures and bas-reliefs from salt.

The Kingdom Of Salt

The Kingdom Of Salt

Welcome to the speleoresort!

The Kingdom Of Salt

The Kingdom Of Salt

The Kingdom Of Salt

The Kingdom Of Salt

The door is decorated with illuminated bricks of salt crystals.

The Kingdom Of Salt

The Kingdom Of Salt

The Kingdom Of Salt

The temperature maintained here is about 15C.

The Kingdom Of Salt

The Kingdom Of Salt

The main enemy of rock-salt is water so they pay special attention to waterproofing here.

The Kingdom Of Salt

The Kingdom Of Salt

Really deep toilet!

The Kingdom Of Salt

The place for patients’ recreation. There are beds behind the curtains.

The Kingdom Of Salt

The Kingdom Of Salt

A small cafe.

The Kingdom Of Salt

The Kingdom Of Salt

The Kingdom Of Salt

The Kingdom Of Salt

Transformer.

The Kingdom Of Salt

The Kingdom Of Salt

The Kingdom Of Salt

Everything you may need..

The Kingdom Of Salt

Pictures of the popular Russian singer who visited the place.

The Kingdom Of Salt

The Kingdom Of Salt

Must be the most epic place here – chamber 42 which is 27 m high and 100 m long.

The Kingdom Of Salt

Another cool chamber used for conferences, concerts, exhibitions…

The Kingdom Of Salt

The Kingdom Of Salt

Tourists may play football if they wish.

The Kingdom Of Salt

The Kingdom Of Salt

It is absolutely worth visiting!

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