Abandoned Salt Mine In Russia Is As Beautiful As It Is Terrifying

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Deep below a Russian town rests something that has literally taken my breath away, and probably will yours as well. We’ve done posts about some incredible abandoned salt mines, but I don’t think I have ever seen anything quite like this before. A Russian urban explorer decided he wanted to see what was left of this old salt mine. 20 hours later and he exited the mine shafts in absolutely awe of what he had just witnessed. Words really can’t describe the beauty absolute wonder of what was down there. Check out the pictures and see for yourself.

Abandoned Salt Mine In Russia Is As Beautiful As It Is Terrifying

The Russian explorer and his friends have spent a total of 20 hours mapping and exploring the caverns. They even stayed over night one time.

Abandoned Salt Mine In Russia Is As Beautiful As It Is Terrifying

What they found during their exploration is truly a sight to behold.

Abandoned Salt Mine In Russia Is As Beautiful As It Is Terrifying 

The psychedelic colors in caves are caused by layers upon layers of the mineral Carnallite.  

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Abandoned Salt Mine In Russia Is As Beautiful As It Is Terrifying

The Carnallite creates swirls and patterns in the colored rock.

Abandoned Salt Mine In Russia Is As Beautiful As It Is Terrifying

The results are absolutely astonishing. It almost feels as if you are in some pristine ancient chapel.

Abandoned Salt Mine In Russia Is As Beautiful As It Is Terrifying

The colors range from brilliant blues to raging reds and some glorious gold.

Abandoned Salt Mine In Russia Is As Beautiful As It Is Terrifying

There are even some designs cared into the stones that adds an even greater ambience to the entire cave system.

Abandoned Salt Mine In Russia Is As Beautiful As It Is Terrifying

This is quite possibly my favorite pictures of the bunch. You really can get a sense of the scale of this place. It’s incredible how big the designs carved into the rock are.

Abandoned Salt Mine In Russia Is As Beautiful As It Is Terrifying

This area is of particular interest to tourists. Don’t start making your travel plans just yet however, as it is only accessible through a permit from the Russian government.

Abandoned Salt Mine In Russia Is As Beautiful As It Is Terrifying

The team of explorers risked quite a bit while down in the caves. From gas leaks to landslides, there were plenty of dangers to be aware of in these tunnels.

Abandoned Salt Mine In Russia Is As Beautiful As It Is Terrifying

It is unfortunate that the access to these caves is so restricted. I would make a trip here in a heartbeat.

Abandoned Salt Mine In Russia Is As Beautiful As It Is Terrifying

Remnants of the machines used by the workers still lie hundreds of feet below the ground.

Abandoned Salt Mine In Russia Is As Beautiful As It Is Terrifying

This place looks like an alien landscape. Strange formations and colors abound at almost every turn.

This abandoned salt mine would offer you almost endless hours of exploration and wonderment. I can’t imagine the feelings the Russian urban explorers had when they first laid eyes on these out of this world combinations of color and rock. It would have seemed like something from another planet I would suspect. This place is absolutely beautiful, and if given the opportunity I would be on a plane for Russia tomorrow to have a look for myself!

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