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The Wieliczka Salt Mine (Polish: Kopalnia soli Wieliczka), located in the town of Wieliczka in southern Poland, lies within the Kraków metropolitan area. The mine, built in the 13th century, produced table salt continuously until 2007, as one of the world's oldest salt mines still in operation. From its beginning and throughout its existence, the Royal mine was run by the Żupy krakowskie Salt Mines. Commercial mining was discontinued in 1996 due to low salt prices and mine flooding. The mine's attractions include dozens of statues, three chapels and an entire cathedral that has been carved out of the rock salt by the miners. The oldest sculptures are augmented by the new carvings by contemporary artists.

The Wieliczka salt mine reaches a depth of 327 metres and is 288 kilometres long. A wooden staircase with 378 steps provides access to the 64 metres level of the mine. There is a 3 kilometres tour of the mine's corridors, chapels, statues and lake, 135 metres underground. An elevator provides access to the surface. The elevator holds 36 people (9 per car) and takes some 30 seconds to reach the surface. About 1.2 million people visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine annually.

The Wieliczka mine is often referred to as "the Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland." In 1978 it was placed on the original UNESCO list of the World Heritage Sites.

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Comments (111)

makis ® on April 20, 2013

μιας και δεν εγκρίνουν τις "κανονικές".... Χαχαχαα! Καλό Σαββατόβραδο να έχουμε....

KWO Tsoumenis on April 20, 2013

makis-GREECE ®

Xa, xa, apaixtos!!! :-)

KWO Tsoumenis on April 20, 2013

Ι'm thankful

2 all friends

4 the comments

& the gifts YSs:3O + Ls:45 :-)

makis ® on April 21, 2013

Επανεξέταση..... έλα ντε? Χαχαχα! Ενώ η ΝΥ πέρασε αέρας....! Μάλλον το κάδρο ήταν "κάπως"....

Πλάκα έχει,....! Καλή Κυριακή να έχουμε Κωστή! (δουλειά εγώ....)

KWO Tsoumenis on April 21, 2013

makis-GREECE ®

Καλή Κυριακή Μάκη με τρέλα και γέλιο... :-)

makis ® on April 21, 2013

Πλάκα πλάκα περισσότερο χρόνο μου πήραν αυτές οι εικόνες από τις "κανονικές" μου... χεχεχεε

KWO Tsoumenis on May 14, 2013

makis-GREECE ®

:-)

J. Radtke on June 11, 2013

schön bunt :) LIKE

KWO Tsoumenis on June 11, 2013

J. Radtke

Thank you for the comment + L:46 :-)

caryca51 on April 12

Jak mi miło...Piękny opis do wspaniałego obrazu z dziejów TECHNIKI...<FL>...Jaka szkoda że tak ciekawa ekspozycja ma tak mizerną oprawę świetlną co nie pozwala podziwiać piękna detalu...Pozdrawiam serdecznie.Elka

KWO Tsoumenis on April 12

caryca51

Deep thanks for the comment and the YS:3O (2) + L:47.

Regards, Kostas :-)

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Photo taken in Wieliczka Salt Mine, Daniłowicza 10, 32-020 Wieliczka, Poland
Wieliczka Salt Mine

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    by KWO Tsoumenis
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot G10
    • Taken on 2012/06/25 12:49:59
    • Exposure: 0.600s
    • Focal Length: 6.10mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
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