Thursday, 6 November 2014

Wieliczka Salt mine The Holy Cross Chapel

7th November 2014 
The chapel was established as a votive offering for saving the mine from a catastrophic underground flood in the second half of the 19th century. A variety of equipment in the interior was gathered from several ancient places of worship. The way in which the chamber is decorated testifies to the phenomena called " the travelling" of the chapels to safe places and areas work work was initiated, that is where new areas of exploitation began. 
The altar is situated in a recess cased in wood and crowned with an arc. The construction 
The Holy Cross Chapel is located 91,5 metres underground

is supported on two salt columns with pilasters decorated in an interesting style with plant motifs.

A wooden 19th wooden figure of Christ on a cross hangs in the central position above the altar.Salt monks stand in front of mensa. The interior is lit with chandeliers dated back from 19th century.
Traces of wedges used during exploitation can be noticed on the right hand side, at the entrance to the chamber.


  1. That is truly amazing. Then on the other hand it's not. I expect a comfort for the miners.

  2. i think that's really awesome to have the chapel as part of the mine!

  3. Wow! That is pretty neat: an underground chapel! Lovely place

  4. There are several salt mines in this area and I doubt that they have a chapel. Beautiful. Tom The Backroads Traveller

  5. Kaplica w tej kopalni jest przepiękna...Pozdrawiam:)