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photoblog image Krakow-Wieliczka salt mine - 3

Krakow-Wieliczka salt mine - 3

 

Carving representing Nicholas Copernicus in the chamber of the same name - salt was mined in this chamber up to the mid-18th century, and Copernicus is believed to have visited the mine when he was a student in Krakow in 1493.  The carving is in a block of green rock salt, by a miner, Wladislav Hapek, from 1973.  All of the carvings in the mine were done by miners, only one of whom actually became an artist.  Everything you see in the mine, is salt - apart from the timber supports, which are well-preserved in the salty environment.

Krakow-Wieliczka salt mine - 3

 

Carving representing Nicholas Copernicus in the chamber of the same name - salt was mined in this chamber up to the mid-18th century, and Copernicus is believed to have visited the mine when he was a student in Krakow in 1493.  The carving is in a block of green rock salt, by a miner, Wladislav Hapek, from 1973.  All of the carvings in the mine were done by miners, only one of whom actually became an artist.  Everything you see in the mine, is salt - apart from the timber supports, which are well-preserved in the salty environment.

comments (7)

  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 25 Oct 2018, 01:15
i can't even fathom a structure that old
Tom Wilson: Of course, in 1493, the mine was not as deep as it is now smile
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 25 Oct 2018, 06:45
Amazing isn't it
Tom Wilson: It certainly is!
This is just stunning Tom
Tom Wilson: A lot of talent in the miners!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 25 Oct 2018, 08:05
It is such an amazing place to,visit. Most English tourists seem to plump for the concentration camp, but on holiday I want to see something uplifting.
Tom Wilson: I agree, Chad - there's enough nastiness in the world without looking for past examples!
I think I've seen a programme about this mine on tV.
What a fabulous idea.
Good heavens, 1493! I saw a sign on a building in Flagstaff 'Historic building 1947'....The year I was born smile !

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