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Abandoned Russian Tunnels Have Been Hiding Secret That Only Few People Got to See

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Hundreds of feet below Yekaterinburg, a Russian city, is a place for the curious which is awe-inspiring and totally mind blowing. This ‘something’ used to be a salt mine that upon seeing what it looks like now, you would hardly believe that it is actually real. Now, the salt mine is a colorful and psychedelic underground cave that should already be considered a tourist spot if it weren’t prohibited by the Russian government.

The salt mines are located approximately 650 feet below the surface of Yekaterinburg.

The salt mines are located approximately 650 feet below the surface of Yekaterinburg.

The reason for existence of the colorful cave is the effect of the natural layers of a carnallite. The said mineral causes the formation of colored rocks, from yellow to white to blues and red hues. The creation of colorful swirls in the cave is so artistic that it can inspire artists to come up with their own artworks.

Carnallite causes the formation of colored rocks, from yellow to white to blues and red hues.

Carnallite causes the formation of colored rocks, from yellow to white to blues and red hues.

The salt mines are located approximately 650 feet below the surface of Yekaterinburg. In order to be able to visit the said tourist destination, one has to secure a permit from the Russian government. Mikhail Mishainik, a Russian photographer was able to secure one and take photos of the amazing, colorful salt mines.

To visit the cave, one must get permission from the Russian government first.

To visit the cave, one must get permission from the Russian government first.

While inside the cave, tourists are not exactly safe as they are also exposed to gas and possible landslides, yet a tour inside is worth the experience. In an interview with Mishainik, he mentioned, “It is hard to describe how it feels being so far down, you lose all track of time and the air is very dry, you always feel thirsty.”

Russian photographer Mikhail Mishainik was able to secure a permit and take photos of the colorful cave.

Russian photographer Mikhail Mishainik was able to secure a permit and take photos of the colorful cave.

It took the Russian photographer 20 hours just to capture the beauty of the salt mines which majority of us won’t have the chance to see.

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