Monday, September 9, 2013

Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines

Last month, my friend Ola from Krakow, Poland visited the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine near her and brought me some interesting things from there, a nice postcard, a ticket and a tourist leaflet. Thank you very much Ola! :) The mine is a UNESCO World Culture Heritage Site since 1978
Wieliczka is a small and quiet town with population of 20,000 but attracts over 1,000,000 tourists every year just because the salt mine - a mysterious underground city reaches a depth of 327 metres and is over 287 kilometres long! The ticket prices are 52 and 72 PLN for Polish and Foreign, respectively.

From the introductions of the tourist leaflet, I know that there are many chambers connected by corridors on the levels from 64-135 meters below the ground surface, you can enjoy amazing sights - these majestic chambers and saline lakes. You will see lots of saline sculptures and reliefs referring to religious, historic and mining traditions and a collection of machines and tools illustrating the historic development of mining techniques.  


Many thanks again to Ola,also to Ania for the stamped and written one sent from Wieliczka!
In 2013 the nearby salt mine in Bochnia was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as an extension of the Wieliczka Salt Mine inscription of 1978. Bochnia salt mine is one of the oldest salt mines in the world and the oldest one in Poland. Many thanks to Joanna and Dominika from Bochinia for sending me these great postcards! On Joanna's postcard, there is an interesting mark feathers Bochnia's Coat of arms with a pickaxe, a hammer and digger.