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If you want to see what amazing accomplishments can be done by the hands of people, visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines in Poland. Included in Unesco's World Heritage List in 1978, this underground labyrinth of tunnels and chambers took over 700 years to complete. The mine contains nine levels (the deepest being 327m underground) and stretches over 300km, all hewn by hand from solid salt. Although it is no longer used today, tourist are ...
Krakow was the next destination which resides in southern Poland. Within the metropolitan area lies the town of Wieliczka and under this town is the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the world's oldest operating salt mines. It is now a major tourist destination, operating a tour through the depths of the mines. A local guide brought us through the whole mine journey which we are required to walk quite a bit. The ...
... it is half a world away, now it feels more real to us. But here it is exactly where we are standing, it is hard too explain unless you have been there. The photos show a lot and the conditions were very basic and overcrowded, there was 100,000 people in an area around 30acres with only one story sheds to live in. Sheds designed for 50 horses housed 600 people each. One of the prision rooms was 900 ...
... the Old Town Hall Tower for a bird’s eye view of the city. The tower is the only remaining part of the Old Town hall. The tower itself was on a slight lean due to a storm some 300 years earlier.
One thing I noticed in Krakow was that the number of tourists was significantly higher here than in any of the previous destinations we had been through. Not a complaint, just an observation, would be a bit hypocritical as ...
... is still used each week for Catholic masses (people descend into the mine by elevator – avoiding the 380 steps and long kilometer walks that we took to come here). Walking around the Chapel, the room looks like any church I have visited where the interior is made out of wood, stone or marble. However everything in this church is made out of salt – the altarpieces, chandeliers, sculptures and wall paneling – salt, salt, and more salt. The ...