At the Wieliczka Salt Mine, you can improve your health just taking a walk and admiring the breathtaking St Kinga’s Underground Chapel with its illustrious chandeliers.
Due to reduced tourist traffic resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the mine’s administration had plenty of time on their hands to improve the safety of the walkways and other areas of the mine.
The maintenance works will surely give tourists peace of mind and encourage them to venture into the underworld of wonder and master artisanship.
The Wieliczka Salt Mine, an official UNESCO World Heritage Site, owes its glorious history to mother nature as it was in Neolithic times that sodium chloride (table salt) was produced there from the upwelling brine. Excavated from the 13th century, the mine produced table salt continuously until 2007, as one of the world's oldest operating salt mines. Throughout its history, the royal salt mine was operated by the Żupy Krakowskie (Kraków Salt Mines) company.
Due to falling salt prices and mine flooding, commercial salt mining was discontinued in 1996.
The Wieliczka Salt Mine is now an official Polish Historic Monument. Its attractions include the shafts and labyrinthine passageways, displays of historic salt-mining technology, an underground lake, four chapels and numerous statues carved by miners out of the rock salt, and more recent sculptures by contemporary artists.