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The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the highlights to any visit to the Krakow region. The mine dates from Medieval times when salt was first discovered here in the 11th century. It was still active well into the 20th century.
The mine is accessible by way of tour only. The tour guide, many of which are English or German speaking, guides takes you down to a level some 65m below the surface. Some the desent is made by stairways instead of elevators so I hope that you healthy if you visit. Along the way you provided with information by the tour guide on the history of the mine and various technics on how they removed the salt. There are many highlights along the way, mostly involving salt sculptured dioramas demonstrating mining methods. Probably the highlight for most people is the huge chapel that has been created 135 meters below the surface. The Blessed Kinga's Chapel is about fifty metre in length is magnificently ornate with everything being carved out of salt. This includes several interesting shrines and stunning chandeliers. It was built over a thirty year period towards the end the the 19th century. Today it is frequently used for classical concerts and recitals. By the way do not worry about getting back up by the stairs. The ascent to the top is made completely by elevator.
Directions: In the town of Wieliczka which is 15 kilometres southeast of Krakow.
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