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The only Museum of Salt in B&H: From Neolithic Pans (Gallery)

[wzslider autoplay=”true”]In Ulica soli (Street of salt) is placed one of the buildings of Solana Tuzla, the Museum of salt. Nevres Serhatlic, curator and employee of Solana Tuzla, explained the content and operation of the museum, which was first opened back in 1975, by shutting down the old factory.

“This setting, and the gallery in which we are now, was opened back in 1985, when Solana was celebrating a big anniversary, 100 years of industrial production,” said Nevres, adding that the purpose of the museum is to preserve the traditions and memories on the industrial heritage, as well as ways and methods of exploitation of salt, starting from the Neolithic period.

“We’ve got certain data that suggest that the Illyrian tribes that inhabited this region started salting out salt water and the production of salt,” said Nevres.
“But one of the most important periods, as confirmed by the setting in the museum, is the Ottoman period. “They started with the mass salting out. They got very good results,” explained Nevres.

“We’ve got certain data that suggest that the Illyrian tribes that inhabited this region started salting out salt water and the production of salt,” said Nevres.
“But one of the most important periods, as confirmed by the setting in the museum, is the Ottoman period. “They started with the mass salting out. They got very good results,” explained Nevres.

“Solana where we are located now, was put into operation back in 1892. From that time till present day, we can say that industrial salt production is ongoing, only with technology and other aspects of progress, added Nevres while showing a setting that relates to the period of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, and the period of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, when, according to him, Solana Tuzla recorded its golden age.

“Everything we have in our settings are mainly unique items and tools. We are jealously guarding them. There are Neolithic pans, and we have a genuine pan, for which the date of manufacture is unknown, and which we managed to preserve as the original from the Ottoman period,” said this curator.

Curator Nevres Serhatlic states that museum, which is part of Solana, is mostly visited by school and university students who want to learn about the production of salt, as well as foreign ambassadors and representatives of the international community who are regular guests.
Book at the entrance of the museum testifies large number of visits, in which visitors wrote their impressions after the visit.
(Source: S. Karic/Faktor.ba)

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