Salt Cave

Salt Cave

Salt Cave is a must-see place when you come to Cankiri. To reach the cave from town requires a pleasant 20 kilometer (approximately) drive east of the city. When you arrive, you’ll be confronted by one of the world's largest rifts.

Salt Cave

This is the largest rock salt reserve in Turkey and old enough to be used even by Hittites. The ancient bronze age settlements around the salt cave are among 36 that have been identified so far, out of which 26 have been registered. There are large galleries left from the salts taken out with heel system for production of salt currently used by people.

With its high potential for providing diverse alternative tourism opportunities, the salt cave should be brought into World Health Tourism. It is fascinating enough to be found here. The temperature inside remains at a constant 15 degrees.

A part of the cave was reserved as an exhibit area, where some of the works created by local art students using salt rocks and old railroad equipment were on display.

One of the more interesting items on display is an aged donkey that underwent a natural embalming process and fell into the well about 250 years ago. Recently, a wild rabbit was placed to accompany him.