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Wieliczka Salt Mine – the Polish Moria that wasn’t built by Dwarves

The incredible underground masterpiece built by hard-working Polish miners

Wieliczka , Poland – a photographer Gašper Pintarič based in Slovenia decided to take trip to Poland, to meet his polish friends. During his last visit there he was visiting several Małopolska cultural and nature monuments, museums and other attractions. One of them was Wieliczka Salt Mine Museum nearby Krakow.

For your information, the Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the most famous and valuable monuments of material and spiritual culture of Poland as a country.

“It was the most pleasant experience 130 meters below surface and it’s definitely worth seeing!” ~ said Gašper

Statistics say that each year mines are visited by more than one million tourists from all over the world. h/t: (gasperpintaric)

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In 1976, the Wieliczka Salt Mine was entered on the national register of historic monuments and already in 1978 it was entered on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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A stay in the Wieliczka mine was fascinating enough to yield fruit in the form of sculptures, paintings, and literary works.

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Polish salt miners themselves have made use of soft salt walls to show a variety of artistic talents thanks to which these saline chambers have been turned into a peculiar gallery of religious sculptures.

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It is so thanks to generations and generations of self-taught artist miners who worked on furnishing and decorating of subterranean chapels that our mine enjoys the rank of a monument unique on a global scale.

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Each generation of miners working here has left their mark on the saline sidewalls, it’s just more than special.

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On the end of the tour you could see the Graduation Tower, that serves as a great inhalation therapy. The natural brine mist that forms in the area of the graduation tower is similar to the that at the seacoast.

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