The mystery of the underwater tunnels linking Romania to Turkey

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In the past two years, the local media kept reporting on the tunnels under the Black Sea that are allegedly linking Romania to Turkey.

In some annals written before the WWI, there are some reports about the way the peasants in Dobruja used those underground tunnels built under the Black Sea to transport their sheep exports to Turkey. The way locals in Dobrogea made sheep trade with the Ottoman Empire was a real fact and they wouldn’t have done it by road or sea transport but underwater through two such impressive tunnels crossing the Black Sea, which start from Dobruja and southern Dobruja region (also known as the Quadrilateral”).

However, no one can say exactly who built these tunnels and for what purpose before the peasants started using them as export routes. What is for sure is they have been sealed for safety reasons when the WWI began and they have been well guarded to prevent surprising attacks. The story goes that, later on, the communist regime also knew about their existence and that it used to keep a close eye on them and did not let anyone get close to them.

In the 80s, the soldiers who were deployed to work on the Danube-Black Sea Channel have accidentally discovered a new access exit of the tunnels, precisely in a cemetery in Murfatlar locality. The prisoners allegedly used the tunnel to go to Bulgaria several times.

Even nowadays the mystery of the underwater tunnels remains, as the hunch they have been built long before our era still stands. The question still lingers also on who were the civilizations who designed and built them, as they might prove to have been advanced enough for this type of underground lasting constructions.

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