Wieliczka Salt Mines

Three old images of miners working down in the Wieliczka Salt Mines of Poland.

Wieliczka salt mine

Miners and a horse pulling a railway wagon deep underground in the Wieliczka salt mines, Poland, c.1910.

Wieliczka Salt Mine fact #1 – the mines house a sanatorium, which, due to the salty atmosphere, some believe helps with everything from asthma to various allergies.

Wieliczka Salt Mines

Salt miners having a rest and tea stop in the Wieliczka Salt Mines sometime around 1920.

Wieliczka Salt Mine fact #2 – during the Second World War the occupying Germans used the mines for various secret war-related industries.

Wieliczka Salt Mine Poland

Workers with wheelbarrows and a heavy drill down in the Wieliczka Salt Mines of southern Poland, c.1935.

Wieliczka Salt Mine fact #3 – some parts of the mine reach a depth of more than 300 metres.

Wieliczka Salt Mines (Kopalnia soli Wieliczka) are located in the town of Wieliczka in southern Poland, not far from Kraków. The mines which originate in the 13th century produced table salt and are one of the world’s longest-working salt mines. The mines are no longer worked commercially but are now a major tourist attraction, with more than one million people visiting the salt mines each year. The mine includes many statues carved out of the rock salt by the miners, three fantastically ornate chapels and an entire cathedral. Since 1978 the mines have been included in the UNESCO list of the World Heritage Sites.

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