A Cathedral in the Wieliczka Salt Mine, near Krakow, Poland

This is a real Cathedral, carved out of the salt by three men and their assistants, working for 60 years. The altar, chandeliers, and even the floor is all made of salt. I wiped my finger across the floor and licked it and sure enough it was very salty. The Cathedral is some 40 metres below the surface in a salt mine just outside of Krakow. The tunnels span over 300 kilometres. It is no longer a functioning salt mine and these days there are health spas, restaurants and even an hotel down here.

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  • Ken 10y

    incredible. does the cathedral take up all of the 300km? :P
  • Dave Sag 10y

    No. The salt mine has over 300k of tunnels but this particular cathedral is just one small part.
  • purplewon2000 9y

    Cool. I remember this from my trip to Krakow last summer. Did you get a pic of the last supper and Pope John Paul II as well?
  • Constant 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ARCHITECTURE and GEOLOGY, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • mswnana 4y

    I have a lot of pictures of this salt mine if anyone is interested. It also has an underground lake, statues, and carvings as well.
  • Unusual Restaurants 3y

    Deepest restaurant in the world. In the salt mine 410ft/125m deep
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Taken on September 16, 2002
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