The Mineral Water Museum in Szejke
Odorheiu Secuiesc 535600, Romania
The curative effects of Szejke's mineral water were documented since the 18th century.
Between 1871 and 1890, the Szejke Baths and the surroundings of the village became the property and the beloved destination of Orbán Balázs. Thanks to him, Szejke rose from the rank of a "peasant bath".
In the center of the settlement were the thermal baths with 24 bath tubes, and a pool with cold water fed by Attila's Spring. The locals used to drink water from the Sarolta Spring to the North. In the locality, villas had begun to be built. The tourists had at their disposal the Székely Mózes Restaurant with a hundred seats where they could party with gypsy music. The death of Orbán Balázs ended the blossoming of the small resort.
After a decade of efforts, the exhibition opened on 21 May 2008. The visitors can admire the pitchers that stored mineral water at Szejke and the carts pulled by buffaloes for carrying it, which have become representative of Odorheiu Secuiesc.
Geologist Bányai János, the one who has identified and mapped about 2500 mineral springs in the Szeklerland, was a renowned researcher. The museum exhibits just a part of his impressive collection of rocks and minerals, along with the portraits of the scientists who once adorned the walls of his working room.
- Băile Szejke