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.
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
Purely from a “human endeavour” perspective this place blows my mind. That is solid rock salt above this path way, over 100m under ground.
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!
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.
A nice little chapel 135 meters underground. We casually passed this on the way to the lift at the end of the tour.
The tour guide told us that 3 guys spent 60 years forming this room and all the artwork in it, out of salt!
Apparently the guys were also miners who did all of this after hours, without pay.
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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