You cannot say that you have visited Kraków, if you missed to visit Wieliczka salt mine.
The oldest part of the mine was excavated from the 13th century when, according to their website, the first rock of salt was discovered. The salt excavation terminated on 1964, when on level V the Allergy Treatment Health Resort “Kinga” opens. It was the first clinic for Salt Therapy. The Underground Museum of Saltwork opened on 1966, and was continuously improved, up to the actual status. On 1978 the mine is entered on UNESCO’s First World List of Natural and Cultural Heritage.
My first visit to the mine was several years ago, so I was very happy when @TorM told me that the mine was part of the meet-up activity. The mine is huge, with 287 Km of galleries (well, the tourist route is just 3 km) and 327 meters in deep.
So, when entering in the mine, be ready to go down, down, down for 350 steps, to reach the level of - 135 meters, where the tourist tour starts.
One of the first important chamber that you reach is Janowice Chamber (XVII century), with the sculptures placed in 1967, representing Princess Kinga and the discover of the first rock of salt
The visit last two hours, passing from narrow galleries to huge cavern. All around, statues are showing how the work in a mine was
Slowly, you reach one of the most impressive Churches that I have ever seen. Entirely excavated in the salt inside a huge cavern of salt, The Chapel of St. Kinga is incredible. Sculptures and bas-relief - carved from the salt, crossed by the light.
You will find a representation of the last supper, a nativity, and a huge amount of statue, including the one of pope Jean Paul II, that in the church was used to celebrate the mass
There is much more to see, and the photoalbum is here for you.
So, this is a small part of what you missed at European Meet Up 2018/ Poland
See you there
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