Step Inside Poland's Historic Salt Mine

Feb 19, 2016 By Houston Barber

Most countries like to keep their monuments and most beautiful structures front and center. When immigrants sailed across the Atlantic to get to America, they were greeted by the towering figure of the Statue of Liberty. The Eiffel Tower in Paris is a marker that you’re in one of the world’s most culturally historic cities. It’s rare that something so big and beautiful would be kept hidden away, but that’s exactly the case with one spectacular structure located in Poland. 

If you go to Wieliczka, Poland and walk around for a bit, you probably won’t notice anything too unusual, but this sleepy town is concealing something incredible. Located 1,000 feet underneath the surface is a vast wonderland filled with majestic rooms and scenery. Art, faith and commerce all come together in an unprecedented way and it’s all available for you to see, if you know where to look. 

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This is Wieliczka, Poland. Everything looks normal to the naked eye, but underneath the ground there is something amazing waiting to be explored.


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The descent down is long, but once you see what is waiting for you underneath, it will all be worth it.


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After over 800 steps, you finally will reach the bottom.


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Complete with chandeliers and unique architecture, this is unlike any mine you’ve seen before.


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Finely detailed sculptures line the passageways that sprawl out in every direction.


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There are even functioning chapels and cathedrals that operate inside the mine.


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The largest of these chapels is St. Kinga’s, which features a wide variety of art and decoration.


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If you walk far enough, you’ll even find a lake.


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It’s hard to believe that all of this is over 1,000 feet underground.


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There are over 2,000 individual chambers and a thousand miles of passageways. If you wanted to walk through it all, it would take more than a full week.


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The structure was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978.


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Though it was a working salt mine for 700 years, production was stopped in 2007. It is now a full-time historical site.


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If you ever find yourself in Poland, make sure to spend a day in the Wieliczka Salt Mine. You also might want to bring your walking shoes.

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