Thursday, 31 March 2011

Entering a world of salt...

After descending deep into the mine, we slowly made our way through the passageways and every so often a member of our group would stop and lick the walls. At one point, we even licked the floor and I imagine if possible we would have tried to lick the ceiling too. Why had our tour guide told us to do this? It was because we were currently on a tour of the Wielicza Salt Mine and so the entire passageways were made of salt.

Unlike regular mines there was something extremely special about this one, something that has made it a popular tourist destination in Poland. It's not just because it's one of the oldest salt mines in the world, but because in their free time the miners carved sculptures out of the salt.

You'll have to excuse the bad photo, I only had a disposable with me  

It's hard to convey the sense of wonder you get at seeing such wonderful scultures made out of solid salt. You do have to pay a small extra fee to be able to take photos, but it is definately worth it. The highlight of the trip though is the marvelous chapel at the end which is a stunning masterpiece.
Photo from Wikipedia

It's hard to imagine how long it would have taken those miners to be able to carve all these magnificant sculptures and it's a wonderful feeling being able to both learn about the history of the mine while also being able to appreciate such lovely art.

My only regret is that I didn't have a better camera, but that just gives me a good excuse for returning! This definately should be on the must-see list of any person planning a trip to Poland.

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