Salt Mine Sculptures
Trip Start Jun 25, 2013
16Trip End Jul 08, 2013
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Most of the rock salt in this mine is actually grey as there are impurities mixed in with the salt. The salt has to go through processing to arrive at the white we see on our table – although there are veins of white that appear throughout. We also saw patches of what they call 'cauliflowers' of salt growing on the walls and ceilings.
Back when the mine was functional, some of the miners would carve sculptures out of the salt
One of the large caverns has been converted into a chapel. The altar, the lectern, everything is carved out of salt. The hanging chandeliers are made with salt crystals. People have weddings there, concerts are held there. It is really very impressive. There is a large statue of Pope John Paul in the back of the chapel. Apparently he visited this place 3 times prior to becoming pope. Another chamber has been made into a dinning/meeting room.
After our tour of the mine we returned to the city center. We had a nice lunch, in a lovely open air courtyard. Only problem, there came a sudden downpour of rain and that brought a quick end to our lunch.
Later in the afternoon we all boarded a train and departed Krakow and headed for our new destination: Warsaw. It was a really lovely journey with beautiful green countryside and quaint little villages along the way. The train glides so smoothly – it was a very comfortable way to travel. We arrived at Warsaw fairly late in the evening, so we will set out to explore tomorrow.