Si Trova: a Raffo, frazione di Petralia Soprana
Lat: 37° 47' 40.46493" N - Long: 14° 8' 15.84658" E
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A visit to the Petralia Soprana mine allows you to enter an underground and silent world full of charm, hidden in the bowels of the earth.
A labyrinth of tunnels 85 kilometers long, reaching up to 400 meters deep, obtained from a gigantic deposit of what was once one of the most precious substances for man, so much so as to deserve the nickname of "white gold": the salt.
The deposit originated five million years ago, when following the geological closure of the Strait of Gibraltar the Mediterranean dried up by evaporation, and the salt was deposited in the deepest remained puddles of water.
What you see now is one of the richest deposits in Europe.
The helical shape of the cutter that digs the tunnels leaves an elegant embroidery on the walls that softens them.
The Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Sotto Sale (MACSS) has been set up inside some disused galleries of the mine.
It exhibits thirty masterpieces by internationally renowned artists, such as Patrick Tatcheda, Philippe Berson, Juan Esperanza, Michele Soddu and the Sicilians Giuseppe Agnello, Domenico Pellegrino, Giacomo Rizzo and Nicola Busacca.
An exhibition of industrial archeology finds has recently been added to the museum.
The Museum is open every Saturday from 14:00 to 18:00.
You must book at 366 3878751.
The ticket costs 5 euros and the visit lasts one hour
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