Inside an ancient Polish salt mine that has underground lakes, fully carved chapels, and chandeliers made of salt
The Wieliczka salt mine has a long history, dating back to the Middle Ages when it was known as Magnum Sal, or Great Salt.
It was the country’s largest source of salt in the 13th century, which was crucial to the country’s economy. It is now one of Poland’s most popular tourist destinations.
To find more about the Wieliczka Salt Mine, Bored Panda reached out to Aleksandra Sieradzka, who works in the marketing and communications department.
Aleksandra told us that all the 2000 chambers in the mine are carved of salt. “The corridors and even the floor are made of salt.”
There two chapels of St. Kinga and St. Anthony that are both made entirely of salt, including the altars and the statues of saints that were carved by the sculptor miners. “The chandeliers also contain crystal salt—the purest type of salt.”