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POLAND: Salt Mine Wieliczka - UNESCO Heritage


Halina Bednarz 2008-09-07

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The beginnings of “Wieliczka”/Poland/, one of the world's most famous mines of the world, reach the Middle Ages, when the mine assumed the name of Magnum Sal (Great Salt.)
The oldest document shedding some light on the history of the mine is the privilege of Casimir I of 1044, referring to Wieliczka as "magnum sal alias Wieliczka."



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The mine reaches down to a depth of 327 meters.
Subterranean Wieliczka consists of nearly 300 kilometres of corridors and almost 3,000 chambers.

Statues of historic and mythic figures made from rock salt

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Josef Pilsudski

Chandelier carved in rock salt

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Crystals of the chandeliers are made from rock salt that has been dissolved and reconstituted to achieve a clear, glass-like appearance.

Corridor

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St. Kinga's Chapel

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St. Kinga's Chapel is the most impressive and opulent underground temple. It was laid out in 1896, in the space created after the excavation of a huge green salt block. It is over 54 metres long, 15-18 meters wide and 10-12 meters high

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