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July 29, 2002

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In Wieliczka you can descend 135 meters (400 feet) into chambers and rooms cut from solid salt. The walk down the mine shaft is enough to raise your blood pressure. In the salt mine you can find churches, a sports field, cinema, restaurant, post office, and a live band. No pepper. We spend a few hours following a guide around the salt mine, listening to salt tales and looking at pillars and statues of salt.
The chapel of the Blessed Kinga impressed us with its huge size and masterful wall frescoes carved from salt. The solid-salt floor is ice-rink smooth which makes us wonder if workers use wet mops.
Descend into the mine.
Stories told by salt statues.