Una de las muchas escenas (y estatuas) talladas en sal dentro de la mina de sal de Wieliczka; esta representa la leyenda que se contaba en la Edad Media sobre cómo apareció allí la mina. Una mina con más de 300Km de galerías y nosotros hemos bajado a 135m de profundidad...
Welcome to Salt Day. In southern Poland, south of Krakow, there is the unique UNESCO World Heritage Site - Wieliczka Salt Mines.
People have been acquiring salt here by boiling a brine from the area’s salty springs, as early as six thousand years ago - the oldest salt production location in Europe. The natural greyish rock salt was mined in Wieliczka from the 13th century.
Saint Kinga of Poland, the Hungarian princess who at the age of 12, married the Polish prince, Boleslaw Wstydliwy, in 1246, brought Hungarian miners who helped to establish the mines firmly. This commodity brought high revenues to the Polish crown.
Moreover, there is the legend that Kinga’s engagement ring, lost in Hungarian mines, was found by a miner in Wieliczka, thus establishing the special, royal status of Wieliczka.
Wieliczka mines are famous now not only for the long heritage, but also for the salt carvings. The great hall along with salt crystal chandeliers, chapels or statues, carved by the miners are available to visit, once you descend the 800 wooden steps and arrive 135 metres deep underground.
The 3 km routes underground, will take you along the long corridors, an underground salt lake and you then ascend up to the surface in a lift (thankfully!) Wieliczka is a truly amazing place; a working mine for eight centuries until 2007.
And it is all salt, go on you can check its walls - they are salt!