Salt Caves Might Not Be A Fountain Of Youth, But They’re Still Stunning

Published May 29, 2015
Updated January 19, 2018

Salt caves are proliferating in terms of popularity and praise. Their physical benefits are uncertain, but as this gallery shows, their beauty is not.

Salt Caves

Zara Spring, Jordan. Source: Mashable

For years, doctors have told us to avoid excess sodium because it’s bad for our health. But apparently that’s only the case if you eat it. These days, people around the world are flocking to salt mines to bask in their supposedly health-enhancing atmosphere. From its allegedly anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties to its natural ability to filter out air pollution, the salt rejuvenation craze is growing.

Many scientists and medical professionals are highly skeptical of the actual benefits of salt caves, but that does not seem to be slowing the caves’ rise in popularity. Whether the results are real or imagined, there is no denying that many of these salt caves are stunning in terms of physical beauty.

As many learn of the therapeutic properties of the most-used preservative in the world, commercial salt rooms are becoming more popular, as are resorts and spas located within the salt caves and mines themselves. Inside a “salt room”, you’ll find salt imported from Eastern Europe, or Himalayan pink salt (which is packed with minerals).

These man-made salt caves are very difficult to build, as glues or resins involved are thought to disrupt the natural benefit of the salt. A typical session lasts an hour or two, and guests are encouraged to meditate and relax in the thick salty air. Curious what these salt caves are like but lack the time or cash to pay them a visit and get a treatment? Check out our gallery below:

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Cardona Salt Mountain, Spain. Source: Mashable

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From the Middle Ages to 1932, the Salina Turda salt mine supplied salt throughout Romania. Since 1992, it has mainly functioned as a popular tourist attraction and salt therapy spa. Source: Mashable

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Crystal & Fantasy Caves, Bermuda. Source: Meteoweb

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Saint Kinga's Chapel, Wieliczka Salt Mine. Source: Wikipedia

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Salt Cave Spa, Dubai. Source: Salt Therapy

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Sculpture of the Holy Family at the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá. Source: Wikipedia

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The Khewra Salt Mine is the second largest salts mine in the world, and said to have been discovered by Alexander the Great's horse. Source: Wikipedia

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Primal Oceans Salt Cave, Illinois. Source: Yelp

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Salt Caves, Russia. Source: Salt Therapy

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The beds at the Solna Vila, Slovenia. Source: Salt Therapy

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A small mosque made of salt bricks at the Khewra Salt Mine in Pakistan. Source: Wikipedia

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Himalayan Salt lamps are among some of the items customers can purchase at the Salt Mine Arium, in Seattle. Source: Yelp

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Galos Caves, Illinois. Source: Mashable

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Hotel Gasteiger Jagdschlössl, Brannenburg, Germany. Source: Jagdschloessl

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Asheville Salt Cave, North Carolina. Source: Asheville Salt Cave

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Salt Caves in Budapest, Hungary. Source: Salt Therapy

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Himalayan Hills Salt Design & Art Gallery, California. Source: Lucie Nutrition

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Halomed Salt Room, Hong Kong. Source: Salt Therapy

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Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, Cundinamarca, Colombia. Source: Simon Hampel

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Salt Mine Arium, Seattle, Washington. Source: Seattle Boutique Blogspot

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Khewra Salt Mine, Pakistan. Source: Healthy Lifestyle Design

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Solna Vila, Slovenia. Source: Salt Therapy

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The Salt Room, Orlando, Florida. Source: Salt Therapy

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The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá is a Roman Catholic Church built within the tunnels of a salt mine located 200 meters underground. Source: Famous Wonders

Erin Kelly
An All That’s Interesting writer since 2013, Erin Kelly focuses on historic places, natural wonders, environmental issues, and the world of science. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian and she’s designed several book covers in her career as a graphic artist.