Weekly photo challenge: Through. Have you ever walked through a salt mine? I bet you haven’t walked through one like this…

Have you ever walked through a salt mine? I bet you haven’t walked through one like this…  Have you ever walked through a church made entirely of salt? 

Journey through the Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakow, Poland. 

The Wieliczka-daVinc’s “The Last Supper” is carved in salt.

This photo is from:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wieliczka-daVinci.jpg

Nine centuries of mining in Wieliczka produced a total of some 200 kilometers of passages as well as 2,040 caverns of varied size. The tourist route starts 64 m deep, includes twenty chambers, and ends 135 m below the earth surface, where the world’s biggest museum of mining is located with the unique centuries-old equipment among its exhibits.

It is amazing the miracles and beauty that men can create

when they set their minds to it.

Go to:  http://www.krakow-info.com/wielicz.htm

or go to http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/32 for more information and wonderful photos.

Visitors are walking through a church made entirely from salt by miners who worked the mines at the Wieliczka salt mine. The entire room above was carved from salt including the chandeliers.

This photo is from:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wieliczka_salt_mine.jpg#metadata

Situated in the Krakow area, Wieliczka is a small town of close to twenty thousand inhabitants. It was founded in the twelfth century by a local Duke to mine the rich deposits of salt that lie beneath.

Until 1996 it did just that, but the generations of miners did more than just extract. They left behind them a breathtaking record of their time underground in the shape of statues of mythic, historical and religious figures. They even created their own chapels in which to pray. Perhaps their most astonishing legacy is the huge underground cathedral they left behind for posterity.

Journey through the Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakow, Poland. See the salt mine sculptures.

Go to:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OcKXQ6vZRY&feature=related

Hope, Health, and Happiness,

Vickie


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