Krakow poland Salt Mine

The World’s Largest Salt Mine

This may come as a complete surprise. I have found a building project I may never beat. The world’s largest salt mine!
Over 300 meters deep and 287 kilometres long. This place dates back to the 13th century.
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We walked around for 2 hours and still saw less than 1% of the entire mine.
By the way, that chandelier is made out of salt. Omg
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Purely from a “human endeavour” perspective this place blows my mind. That is solid rock salt above this path way, over 100m under ground.
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We didn’t get much deeper than this. The mine goes at least 3 times deeper and lucky for us there is a lift to take us above ground. Respect to all those miners who literally CLIMBED to the top at the end of their 12 hour shifts!
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I have to say from a carpenters perspective this place is something else. Other than the obvious mega structures (in the first pic) it is hard to contemplate bringing enough timber down here just to form a path like this.
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A nice little chapel 135 meters underground. We casually passed this on the way to the lift at the end of the tour.
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The tour guide told us that 3 guys spent 60 years forming this room and all the artwork in it, out of salt!
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Apparently the guys were also miners who did all of this after hours, without pay.
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A 2 hour tour showed us 1%, so 8 photos and a few captions must be 0.000005% of this incredible place. There are many reasons to visit Krakow and it took me 3 visits to finally check the Salt mine out. Put it at the top of your list! Visitors info on the mine here

I'm a Carpenter from New Zealand. I completed a Carpentry apprenticeship and decided to build something on every continent. I started this blog so I could share the journey with people!

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