The Ruskeala Mining Park

Sortavala, Northwestern Federal District, Russia
Est. 1.1km / 1 hr 30 mins / Map

The Ruskeala Mining Park - Cya On The Road

Mining Park “Ruskeala Marble Quarries XVII – the beginning of XX centuries” is a very rare symbiosis of a natural monument and an industrial museum. The park is a man-made “cup” in a solid marble block, cut by a system of shafts, drift ways and drives. You will find nothing similar in Europe! The pearl of the Mining Park is Mramornyj Canyon. Old and abandoned quarry is today organized for visiting by tourists, worshippers of historical heritage and “collectors” of natural phenomena and views.During recent years 40-60 thousand people per year visit the Mining Park. Excursion paths are lightened in dark time, and in the Main Quarry a picturesque lightning is switched on when darkness comes. The tourists are offered boat trips along Mramornoe lake. Divers do like these places! By the way, an interesting speleologist route with the visit of the third level drift way and marble halls of Ruskeala Gap – huge underground caves driven by the Finns in the first third of the 20th century – will be opened soon. Come here with the whole family! Take your friends with you! If you are single our park is a perfect place for making a proposal. So, take your chance!The excursion is prepared within the frameworks of ENPI CBC "Karelia" Mining Road Project. The Project is financed by the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Karelia. Text by Borisov I.V., translation – Shekova N.V., voice and technical arrangement – Shekov K.V., photos – Shekova N.A.

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