Turda Gorge

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

Turda Gorges seen from the west end
Turda Gorge in 2011

Geography Edit

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.

History Edit

The site has been inhabited since the neolithic.

Flora Edit

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

Fauna Edit

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

Caves Edit

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

Other tourist attractions Edit

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 gallery Edit

See also Edit

Notes Edit

  1. ^ a b Violeta Nicula, p. 64

Further reading Edit

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

External links Edit

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