Wieliczka Salt Mine
The Wieliczka salt mine, which dates from the 13th century, is still vital to the residents today, but for a totally different purpose. It was one of the world’s oldest and longest-running salt mines until 1996, when it ceased commercial operations and became an aesthetic attraction.
Four chapels, corridors, and statues have been sculpted out of the rock salt walls of the Wieliczka Salt Mine. The mine’s original shafts and tunnels, some of which are as deep as 327 metres down, have been restored, allowing tourists to explore pits and chambers while passing by statues and admiring architectural marvels. A shimmering underground lake glistens against the mine’s illuminated walls.
The Chapel of St. Kinga, a 12-meter-high chamber where everything is made of salt, including the exquisite chandeliers and furniture, is the mine’s principal tourist attraction. The journey continues to the Erazm Baracz Chamber, where a lake saltier than the Dead Sea may be found, and ends with a museum that illustrates salt mining and life in the mines.