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"Salt sellers" Wieliczka Salt Mine Tip by wrongbus

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Krakow: 74 reviews and 182 photos

You must visit the Wieliczka mines, one of many (many) places frequently nominated for the eighth wonder of the world spot.
Miners have been working there for nine hundred years and I was told it would take you four months to wander the entire network of tunnels. Only the tip of this salty iceberg is available to tourists who descend eight hundred steps and along two miles of corridors on a two and a half hour tour, visiting caves, underground lakes, salt-carved tableaux and oddly, a red feather-plumed miners’ brass band which plays jolly Polish tunes along the way.
Most startling, however, is St Kinga’s chapel, four hundred and fifty feet below ground level, its salt floor polished to marble by thousands of shuffling feet, the salt crystal chandeliers throwing light on salt statues, pulpits and an astonishing Last Supper fresco which all but turns salt into wine.
As the tour parties pushed forward for a better look, guides sold photo tickets for about £1.80 to those who had inadvertently forgotten to mention they were going to film the place when they paid their entrance fee. Most people paid up willingly. They seemed more compliant here than at St Mary’s church. When it comes to showing respect for their surroundings, perhaps that’s all some tourists need; a spell in the salt mines.

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  • Written Sep 25, 2004
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