On our way back from Cabana Rusu which is pretty popular place located not far from the city of Petrosani, we’ve decided to make a short stop in the mining town of Petrila located in the Jiu Valley. Our first objective was to visit the old coal mine which was closed back in 2015. We left our car a couple of streets away from the entrance into the Petrila coal mine and we made a short walk to the mine.
The Jiu river which divides the city and the mine
This photo was captured on a bridge right next to the entrance into the coal mine. Basically, the Jiu river divides the former mining complex and the town.
Whit these small trains the miners used them to transport the coal from various parts of the mining complex. As you can see on the last coal car, the last tonne of coal was brought up from the mine in 2015 and unfortunately after that, the government decided to close the coal mine in Petrila because it wasn’t profitable any more. Sadly, other coal mines where closed in the Jiu Valley.
Abandoned buildings in the mining complex
Here are a couple of buildings which are abandoned and are not used any more. In the background of the picture you can actually see a mining shaft used to transport the miners and the coal.
Petrila and the mountains
Probably once were some industrial building here but now the area was cleaned. Since the area looks pretty nice, I’ve decided to include in the shot the city and the mountains from the background of the photo.
The Parang mountain
Between those buildings you can spot the Parang mountain with some snow spots on the peeks. This is my final shots of this place, I’m really curious what will be here after a couple of years because the government would like to demolish probably all the buildings which once were a part of the Petrila coal mine complex.
The entire boat tour costed 15 lei which is about 4 US dollars per person. In my opinion the ticket was very cheap if you take into consideration that the entire tour lasts for more then 30 minutes. I recommend you to do this boat tour when its close to sunset because you are able to capture some amazing shots of the place. Usually you’ll find these small boats waiting for the tourists in the Touristic port of Mangalia.
Towards the Black sea
After we left the touristic port of Mangalia, our captain has decided to sail his boat venture out of the port. This lighthouse is actually the last one and after that, only the sea will be visible.
Another large ship next to the shipyard
During our small boat tour around the port of Mangalia, we sailed pretty close to two larger ships which were docked in the shipyard. As soon as we sailed passed the second ship, I saw anther one docked not very far but since the captain of our small touring boat has decided to head back to our starting place, I captured only some distant photos of the ship and of the sunset. This was my first time in life seeing and being so close to such a humongous man made object.
Sunset behind a large container ship in Mangalia
This massive ship was located in the Daewoo Heavy Industries shipyard in Mangalia. This shot was captured while we were on a nice boat tour around the port and the shipyard. I was fortunate enough because as we were sailing on the boat, the sun started slowly to disappear under the horizon. Right after this picture, the sun wasn’t visible, but I had plenty of natural light to capture more amazing shots.
Boats docked in the port
This is another photo taken on our boat tour around the port and the shipyard. Actually this port is quite small compared to others. Back then, only a couple of smaller boats were docked there. Fortunately the sunset colors made this image a little bit interesting. This was my last photos of this place because we were very close to the place from where we started this small journey.
The perfect time for a long exposure photo
After the boat tour was over, we started our long walk back to our hotel which was located in Saturn, we’ve decided to explore a little bit the place around the port in Mangalia. As we were walking on a seafront towards a smaller lighthouse, I captured a couple of shots of the city and the beach. That day the Black sea was very agitated and in order to make a smoother shot of the sea, I had to make a long exposure shot of the place. For this image I’ve set my shutter speed to 6 seconds and the aperture to f/20.