The World’s First Underground Orthodox Church

The World’s First Underground Orthodox Church

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Ancient Dacia was famous for its salt mines. In modern-day Romania, salt mines continue to be popular and can be found throughout the country. In addition to their commercial purpose, they are very popular amongst locals as places that provide natural treatment for respiratory problems.

The Targu-Ocna salt mine in Moldavia has another unique feature: an underground Orthodox church.

Gives new meaning to the idea of an “underground church,” doesn’t it? Check out the photos below, and let us know if you’ve ever been to this church or to a similar place.

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Seraphim Danckaert

Seraphim Danckaert is Director of Mission Advancement at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary. He holds an M.Div. from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and is a Ph.D. candidate in theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.