Turda Gorge

gorge and protected area in Romania
Turda Gorges seen from the west end

Turda Gorge (Cheile Turzii in Romanian) is a natural reserve (on Hășdate River) situated 6 km west of Turda and about 15 km south-east of Cluj-Napoca, in Transylvania, Romania.

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GeographyEdit

The canyon, formed through the erosion of the Jurassic limestone of the mountain, is 2 900 m long[1] and the walls have heights reaching 300 m.[1] The total surface of the canyon is of 324 ha.

Cheile Turzii contain one of the richest and most scenic karst landscapes in Romania. More than 1000 plant and animal species (some of them rare or endangered, like the wild garlic or some species of eagle) live here.

HistoryEdit

The site has been inhabited since the neolithic.

FloraEdit

More than 1,000 plant species can be found in the reservation: Allium obliquum, Dianthus integripetalus, Viola jobi.

FaunaEdit

67 species of birds, butterflies (Eublema, Heterogynis, Dysauxes, Phybalopterix etc.) fish, amphibians and some mammals (foxes, weasels, martens, wild boars etc.

CavesEdit

There are some 60 known caves, almost all of them being of small size (the longest one is 120 m).

Other tourist attractionsEdit

Cheile Turzii are just a few km away from two other canyons (Cheile Turului and Cheile Borzești) as well as from Ciucaș waterfall.

Cheile Turzii is one of the main rock climbing sites in Romania.

Picture galleryEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Violeta Nicula, p. 64

Further readingEdit

  • Turda, date istorice, Violeta Nicula, Editura Triade, pag. 64-66

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