|Location:||Town of Rosia, Bihor County. "Crystal Cave" signposted from the center of Rosia, 5km drive on narrow road to Farcu Mine.|
All year daily 10-17.
Adults Lei 15, Children (6-14) Lei 10 , Children (0-5) free.
Members of Romanian Speleology Federation free.
|Dimension:||Main cave: L=251m, VR=16m.|
|Guided tours:||L=300m, 200m mine adit, 100m natural cave.|
|Address:||Info: Tel: 0749094161, Tel: 0761284722.|
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|1445||first written mention of the twon Rosia.|
|1915-1916.||early bauxite mining.|
|1940s||founding of Dobresti Mining Enterprise and major increase of mining.|
|1950||Rosia mine opened.|
|1987||cave discovered during mining.|
|2012||start of development as a show cave.|
|20-JUN-2012||opened to the public.|
The Crystal Cave of Farcu Mine is a natural cave discovered during the bauxite mining in the area of Rosia de Bihor. Actually during the exploitation of the bauxite a total of nine caves were discovered. Two of them are now part of the tourist trail.
As the site is a mixture of mining, natural cave and minerals, so is the tour. About two thirds of the tourist trail are in the mine tunnels and show the historic tools of mining, like carbide lamps and various mining machines. There are ore trolleys which were pulled by winch.
The trail through the cave was created using the most recent technology, an evelevated path which does not destroy the cave environment and could be removed at any time without hrm to the cave. Also the light uses modern LED lamps. A ticket office in a small boxwork hut and numerous explanatory signs around the cave complete the infrastructre. It seems the developemt was partly financed by the EU and Switzerland. The idea is to bring work and money to the area which was really poor after the mine closed twenty years ago.
The cave contains normal speleothems like stalactites and stalagmites, but also a variety of minerals