Sunday, 2 November 2014

Wieliczka Salt mine

3rd November 2014

I know that mines can be scary but honestly I don't afraid of them. Because I live in the area where there are a lot of coal mines. And every day we experience small earthquakes here. Sometimes there is a serious earthquake so I am accustomed to it. But I can say it is not a nice experience. I know Salt Mine in Wieliczka is definitely safe and worth visiting.

Janowice Chamber was excavated in a block of salt in the first half of the 17th century. Six saline figures were placed in it. They illustrate one of the oldest and the most beautiful legends of Wieliczka Mine.

Kinga a Hungarian Princess married to the Polish duke Boleslaw the Shy and received a mine in the land of Maramures as a part of her dowry. She cast her engagement ring into the depths of that mine. The princess's ring travelled together with salt deposits from Hungary to Wieliczka in a miraculous way. 
It was discovered in the first excavated lump of "white gold" dug out from the Wieliczka earth in mid-13th century,
Since then there has been salt abundance in Poland. And Kinga is the patron of saint of miners.

Special offer for tourists is possibility visiting Salt Mine at night..Wow, waht a fantastic experience using only your personal mining lamps which create a mysterious atmosphere in the saline chambers and corridors. So you can meet the Treasurer of mine who is waiting or you...

Have a nice week.


  1. Wow, that sounds like a great opportunity to view these sculptures. I love the historic story that goes with the mine, too.

  2. Very interesting information, Gosia. I have a new blog. Mildred

  3. wow. the statues to commemorate the engagement is neat.

  4. Interesting story, Gosia...very special to the miners, for sure.

  5. Very interesting post! I like the statues.

  6. Neat story, and it looks like an awesome place to visit! I've never been inside a mine, but I think it would be great to see (provided no earthquakes are in progress)!