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Salt mines, Krakow

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A very famous tourist attraction in the Krakow area is the Wieliczka salt mines.  This mine, until 2007, has been producing table salt since the 13th century.  And for almost that long, the mine has been a tourist attraction.  Nicolaus Copernicus (15th century), Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Frédéric Chopin, and Bill Clinton are some of it’s famous visitors.

As my family and friends know, I love salt.  I restrain myself, but I still occasionally salt my bread instead of buttering it.  Yummy.  So when we got the option to visit, of course we said yes!

Our tour group was divided in half, and down into the mines we went.

There were many stairs at the beginning:

Stairs into the mine

Stairs into the mine

The walls are coated with salt.  It was not very hygienic, but it’s true, the ceilings and walls were quite tasty.

Salty walls

Salty walls

Salty rocks

Salty ceilings

Old methods for moving for the salt from rock in the mines:

manual winch

manual winch

Salt stalactites/stalagmites  and salt sculptures:

Mine artwork

Mine artwork

I’m not sure the official name, but one giant hallway served as a art gallery devoted to salt sculpture.  Even the chandelier’s “crystals” are made of salt.  We had to be careful on the stairs here because they were made of salt too, and were slippery:

Art gallery of salt

Art gallery of salt

The Last Supper, craved into salt rock:

The Last Supper

The Last Supper

And again, down more mine shafts.  I’m not really sure you can call it a mine shaft with so many tours walking around:

Want to have your next business conference in a salt mine?  Don’t worry, someone has already thought ahead:

The tour guide told us the salt mines are very good for your respiratory system, and to “breathe deeply.”  Health benefit or no, it was a nice place to breathe: cool, low humidity, and clean-smelling.


Written by Kat

October 28, 2008 at 8:30 am

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