Wieliczka Salt Mine


The Erazm Baracz Chamber in the Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland


The Last Supper carved in rock-salt, in the St. Kinga's Chapel, Wieliczka Salt Mine
(Photo: Adam Kumiszcza, Wikipedia)

The Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakow, Poland, is the world's oldest salt mine - in fact, it's the only mining site in the world that has operated continuously since the Middle Ages!

Today, the mine still produces table salt, as it has been since the 13th century (actually the mine was in operation long before that - the earliest written account of it was dated in the 1105 AD).

The mine is deep and long: it reaches a depth of 327 meters (1,072 feet) and has over 300 km (186 mi.) of tunnels and shafts. Many of its chambers are decorated and fashioned into chapels, complete with amazing artwork sculpted from the very rock salt that made the mine.

Links: Official site (with virtual tour) | Wikipedia entry - Thanks norberto!

Previously on Neatorama: Salt Hotel in Bolivia (this post was suggested in the comment by norberto)


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I've been there a couple of weeks ago and it's really amazing. It's something everybody must seen. I have a lot of photos I did inside on my personal blog "Papelera 21".
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Here is another amazing chapel in another salt mine in Zipaquira, near Bogota(Colombia)
Check their official website
http://www.catedraldesal.gov.co/
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The chapel is amazing, especially the chandeliers of salt crystals.

Another bonus of visiting there is that, if it's summer, it's much cooler down in the mines.
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I've been here too :) School trip when I was about 13. The pervy tour guide kept suggesting that all the class should kiss him. *shudder* Apart from that the mine is INCREDIBLE. The trip down the stairs to get down is ridiculously long. The elevator back out is scary lol, like 8 people on a little two level box (four on top of the other four) and it shoots up so fast....
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