Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakow, Poland
As I mentioned in a previous post, we were told there were about 350 or so steps going down into the salt mine, but what we didn’t ask was whether that was all the way down. No, it wasn’t all the way down. Once we were down, down, down, we were told that it was over 800 steps. It took me several days to be able to walk more than a block and walking down steps was a grueling experience. Thankfully, I have my legs back now and don’t plan to go into another salt mine if I have to walk down the steps. So, let me show you my photos. (Videos will be up in a few days.)
The Wieliczka salt mine reaches a depth of 327 meters and is over 300 km long. The oldest sculptures were carved out of rock salt by miners; more recent figures have been fashioned by contemporary artists. Even the crystals of the chandeliers are made from rock salt that has been dissolved and reconstituted to achieve a clear, glass-like appearance. At the end of the tour, there is a large cathedral and reception room that can be reserved for private functions such as weddings or private parties. Also featured is a large chamber with walls carved to resemble wooden chapels built by miners and an underground lake.
The photo above shows the underground lake.