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Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines

Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines: The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the oldest mines in the world. The mine has been worked as a source of rock salt since 1044. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is the only salt mine in the world functioning continuously since the Middle Ages. The mine consist of nine levels, reaching a depth of 327 m. The total length of the Wieliczka Salt Mine galleries is about 300 km, connecting more than 2000 excavation chambers. Artists and miners have left behind salt carvings and chapels cut out of the salt. The Chapel of St. Kinga is the most beautiful underground chapel of the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Tourists have been visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mine since the 15th century. The mine has been visited by famous people like Copernicus, Baden-Powell, Goethe, Bill Clinton, Frédéric Chopin and Pope John Paul II. Visitors come down the staircase in the Danilowicz Shaft into the Wieliczka Salt Mine, descending 378 steps. The guided walk includes visits to several chambers, joined by 2.5 km of pathways, the last stop of the visit is the underground souvenir shop and the post office. From here the original elevator will bring visitors up to the ground level. The Wieliczka Salt Mine lies near Krakow in Poland. The Wieliczka Salt Mine was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1978. The Bochnia Royal Salt Mine was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013. The Bochnia Salt Mine is the oldest salt mine in Poland. The salt mines are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as: Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines. World Heritage Art: Corridors of Salt.

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Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines - The main building and the Danilowicz Shaft of the Wieliczka Salt Mine. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is together with the neighboring Bochnia Royal Salt...

The main building and the Danilowicz Shaft of the Wieliczka Salt Mine. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is together with the neighboring Bochnia Royal Salt Mine, one of the oldest salt mines in the world. The Wieliczka Salt Mine mine has been worked as a source of rock salt since the year 1044. The Bochnia Royal Salt Mine is the oldest salt mine in Poland. The Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage.

  1. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines - The main building and the Danilowicz Shaft of the Wieliczka Salt Mine. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is together with the neighboring Bochnia Royal Salt...

    The main building and the Danilowicz Shaft of the Wieliczka Salt Mine. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is together with the neighboring Bochnia Royal Salt Mine, one of the oldest salt mines in the world. The Wieliczka Salt Mine mine has been worked as a source of rock salt since the year 1044. The Bochnia Royal Salt Mine is the oldest salt mine in Poland. The Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage.

  2. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines - Wieliczka Salt Mine: The Danilowicz Shaft into the Michalowice Chamber. The total length of the Wieliczka Salt Mine galleries is about 300 km,...

    Wieliczka Salt Mine: The Danilowicz Shaft into the Michalowice Chamber. The total length of the Wieliczka Salt Mine galleries is about 300 km, they are connecting more than 2000 excavation chambers. The Danilowicz shaft connects the surface and level VI, 104 metres underground. Visitors come down the staircase in the Danilowicz Shaft into the mine, descending 378 steps. The tour starts at the bottom of the shaft and takes about two hours.

  3. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines - Wieliczka Salt Mine: A guide in the Mikolaj Kopernik Chamber. The Mikolaj Kopernik Chamber is named after the Polish astronomer Nicolaus...

    Wieliczka Salt Mine: A guide in the Mikolaj Kopernik Chamber. The Mikolaj Kopernik Chamber is named after the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. Numerous tourists have been visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mine since the 15th century. One of the first visitors of the Wieliczka Salt Mine was Nicolaus Copernicus. Other important visitors were Baden-Powell, Goethe, Bill Clinton, the Polish-born Pope John Paul II and the composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin.

  4. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines - Wieliczka Salt Mine: The King Kazimierz the Great Chamber contains a salt bust of the Polish King Kazimierz the Great. The...

    Wieliczka Salt Mine: The King Kazimierz the Great Chamber contains a salt bust of the Polish King Kazimierz the Great. The king organized mining law in the late 14th century. During a tour you will visit ancient chambers, chapels, sculptures, everything made of salt. The temperature down the mine is 15 °C, warm clothes and sturdy shoes are recommended. The Wieliczka Salt Mine was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1978.

  5. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines - Wieliczka Salt Mine: The statue of Polish-born Pope John Paul II was created in 1999 and is also carved out of salt. The mine has been...

    Wieliczka Salt Mine: The statue of Polish-born Pope John Paul II was created in 1999 and is also carved out of salt. The mine has been visited by the Pope John Paul II. The salt mine is often referred to as the 'Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland'. The Wieliczka Salt Mine gained status the as an  UNESCO World Heritage in 1978, in 2013 the Bochnia Royal Salt Mine was inscribed on the World Heritage List as an extension of the inscription of the Wieliczka Salt Mine in 1978. 

  6. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines - Wieliczka Salt Mine: The guided tour consists of several chambers joined by 2.5 km of corridors of salt. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is the only...

    Wieliczka Salt Mine: The guided tour consists of several chambers joined by 2.5 km of corridors of salt. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is the only salt mine in the world functioning continuously since the Middle Ages. The original Wieliczka Salt Mine excavations are situated on nine levels. Today, the Wieliczka Salt Mine also has an underground treatment centre for diseases such as asthma and skin diseases.

  7. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines - Wieliczka Salt Mine: The Spalone Chamber (Burned Out Chamber) contains several salt statues, commemorating the miners whose job it was to...

    Wieliczka Salt Mine: The Spalone Chamber (Burned Out Chamber) contains several salt statues, commemorating the miners whose job it was to burn ou the mine gas that would accumulate at the ceilings of the chambers and corridors of the salt mine. The miners had to crawl into small spaces with a torch and burn out the gas. The gas was burned out by experienced miners. This was extremely dangerous work, it was rewarded with extra salt.

  8. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines - Wieliczka Salt Mine: Ancient mining in the Pieskowa Skala Chamber. The Pieskowa Skala is one of the most beautiful chambers in the Wieliczka...

    Wieliczka Salt Mine: Ancient mining in the Pieskowa Skala Chamber. The Pieskowa Skala is one of the most beautiful chambers in the Wieliczka Salt Mine, an ancient stairway used by salt bearers is carved into the rock salt. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is the only site in the world where salt mining has continued since Medieval times. Horses also worked underground in the salt mine. Some horses lived their entire life inside the mine without ever seeing the light of day.

  9. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines - Wieliczka Salt Mine: A small monument in the Jozef Pilsudski Chamber depicts St. John of Nepomuk, the patron saint of Bohemia and protector from...

    Wieliczka Salt Mine: A small monument in the Jozef Pilsudski Chamber depicts St. John of Nepomuk, the patron saint of Bohemia and protector from drowning and floods. One of the underground salt lakes is situated in the Jozef Pilsudski Chamber. Despite the presence of the saint, there were several drownings in this chamber. During WWII, several German soldiers drowned in the underground salt lake in the Jozef Pilsudski Chamber.

  10. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines - Wieliczka Salt Mine: A pit shaft 136 metres deep. During WWII, when Poland was occupied by the Nazi-Germany, the Wieliczka Salt Mine was used...

    Wieliczka Salt Mine: A pit shaft 136 metres deep. During WWII, when Poland was occupied by the Nazi-Germany, the Wieliczka Salt Mine was used by the Nazi's for manufacturing aircraft parts, the Wieliczka Salt Mine consist of nine levels, reaching a depth of 327 metres, safe for Allied bombers. Only a small part of the  Wieliczka Salt Mine is open to visitors. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is situated near Kraków in Poland.

  11. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines - Wieliczka Salt Mine: Statue of salt in the Janowice Chamber. The statues of salt in the Janowice Chamber illustrate one of the oldest legends of...

    Wieliczka Salt Mine: Statue of salt in the Janowice Chamber. The statues of salt in the Janowice Chamber illustrate one of the oldest legends of the Wieliczka Salt Mine, the discovery of the rock salt. The Wieliczka miners have left behind many salt carvings. There are numerous works of art, altars, reliefs, statues and even several chapels carved out of the rock salt. The rock salt occurs naturally in different shades of grey.

  12. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines - Wieliczka Salt Mine: The salt statue of Goethe. Over the years, miners sculpted sacred, mythical and historical figures of salt to decorate the...

    Wieliczka Salt Mine: The salt statue of Goethe. Over the years, miners sculpted sacred, mythical and historical figures of salt to decorate the chapels and the chambers in the salt mine. There are numerous statues of prominent people who visited the mine. The Wieliczka Salt Mine has been visited by famous people, among them Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Nicolaus Copernicus and Frédéric Chopin.

  13. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines - The Chapel of St. Kinga is the most beautiful chapel of the Wieliczka Salt Mine, it lies more than 100 metres below the surface, is 54 metres long...

    The Chapel of St. Kinga is the most beautiful chapel of the Wieliczka Salt Mine, it lies more than 100 metres below the surface, is 54 metres long and carved entirely out of salt, even the floor tiles, chandeliers and staircase are made of salt. The capel has been a place of worship since 1896. Miners were always very religious, because they were working underground in darkness and constant danger. As they excavated the salt, miners created underground chapels to pray.

  14. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines - Wieliczka Salt Mine: After the guided tour the original elevator will bring visitors up to ground level. For safety reasons only a small part of...

    Wieliczka Salt Mine: After the guided tour the original elevator will bring visitors up to ground level. For safety reasons only a small part of the salt mine is open to visitors, even that is still almost 3 km in length. The Wieliczka Salt Mine was closed in 1996. The Wieliczka Salt Mine was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1978. The Bochnia Salt Mine was an extension to the Wieliczka Salt Mine in 2013. Nowadays, both the salt mines are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as: Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines.