There’s A Salt Mine In Poland With Underground Lakes, Chapels, And Chandeliers Made Of Salt And It Looks Unreal (30 Pics)

Sitting on everyone’s kitchen counter is the kitchen staple so basic it’s borderline boring. And as I write, I’m already thinking of salt more than I have in this past year combined.

But the Wieliczka salt mine, near Krakow, Poland proves that salt can be a masterpiece on its own. The mine was first opened in the 13th century, and today, it’s a part of the First UNESCO World Heritage List. For a reason! The salt mine, which reaches -1072 ft at its deepest point, features underground lakes, 2,000 chambers, and chapels equipped with enormous chandeliers. And if that wasn’t enough, every little thing is made of salt. The mine is so unreal, it brings to mind a level in Tomb Raider, rather than a place thanks to which I season my dinner.

More info: Wieliczka-SaltMine.com

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Ann 20 hours agoHad my prom down there in the late 90s. If you never moshed to Nirvana 125 metres underground, well, your loss.

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Jody Brown 11 hours agoThis would make the greatest escape room!

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Alexandra Amaral 1 day agoI FEEL LIKE IN A DARK MAGES CAVE IN SKYRIM <3

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The history of Wieliczka salt mine dates back to the Middle Ages, when it used to be called the Magnum Sal, or the Great Salt. In the 13th century, it was the largest source of salt in the country, which was crucial to the country’s economy. Today, it’s one of the main tourist attractions in Poland.

According to the information on the Wieliczka salt mine’s website, there were 300-350 salt mine workers during the Middle Ages, and the salt production could have been around 7 or 8 tons per year. The first tourist is said to have been Nicolaus Copernicus, who visited the mine in 1493. To commemorate this event, there’s a salt-made statue of the astronomer placed in a chamber named after him.

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varwenea 10 hours agoThis is the biggest chapel in this mine with the most figurines and decorations. The walls, the floor, the ceiling, the statues are all salt! Our guide told us we can taste it. Licked a finger damp, rubbed it against basically anything, and tasted it. Yup, it’s salt. Haha, kinda gross but gotta try it.

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varwenea 9 hours agoThe white beams are braces added to reinforce the mine. The brown wood platforms with the decorative chisels are the walking paths for tourists. It’s a maze here, guided tours only.

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Esca Sav 1 day agoThey have mass here every Sunday by the way! I visited with my family a few years ago, one of the most beautiful things you could see with your own eyes. Highly recommend it when this virus goes away…

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Surprisingly, the miners are still at work today. “Miners protect the historic areas of the Mine, backfill in the so-called post-mining voids in its non-historical parts, as well as manage fresh water leaks.” There’s a lot of renovation to be done to the huge historic chambers, mine shafts, and corridors, keeping in mind that 2 million visitors a year flock in to see this complex site.

We can only imagine how enormous the whole underground structure is, because only 2% of it is accessible to tourists. Meanwhile, the salt mine corridors form an actual labyrinth which stretches up to a whopping 498 ft in length. There are 9 levels in total and the lowest one is located at 1072 ft below ground.

But Wieliczka is only the fifth-biggest salt mine out there. Ontario is home to the biggest one in the world, which is located 1800 ft under Lake Huron. Compass Minerals’ Goderich salt mine is as deep as the CN Tower in Toronto is tall. The second-biggest is Khewra Salt Mines in Pakistan, and the third place belongs to Prahova Salt Mine in Romania.

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varwenea 9 hours agoBeing an underground lake without any other influences, this lake is so eerily still and quiet with the most pure color.

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Esca Sav 1 day agoI’m not 100% sure if this is the room BUT, there is a hall in the mine that can be used for wedding parties and concerts (you can get married at the chapel here). I forgot how many people it can fit, but it is beautiful.

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Jill Peters 5 hours agoUnbelievably

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varwenea 9 hours agoAll the grey surfaces are salt, walls, floors, ceilings, stairs.

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RitaGG 1 day agoKnives Out – salt style.

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Just Carmen 12 hours agoThis looks like it’s straight out of the Mines of Moria.

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife 1 day agoEerily beautiful!

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varwenea 9 hours agoDefinitely looks like the Mine of Moria. Let’s hope a Balrog does not live here.

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Alexandra Amaral 1 day agoI FEEL IN A DARK MAGE’S CAVE IN SKYRIM<3

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varwenea 9 hours agoGorgeous reflection with the grotto

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varwenea 9 hours agoErrie shot. Feels like the Addam’s Family should live here.

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Jill Peters 5 hours agoReminds me of the underground tunnels in Slovenia.

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