Wieliczka salt mine

Let me cool you down a bit. Today’s post instantly reminds me of windy and cold, but yet one of the best experiences I’ve had while visiting south Poland in May.  The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the most valuable monuments of material and spiritual culture in Poland. Each year it is visited by more than one million tourists from all over the world. In 1976, the Wieliczka Salt Mine was entered on the national register of historic monuments and already in 1978 it was entered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The mine has always provided inspiration to artists. They would come here in throngs to draw inspiration for their work. A stay in the Wieliczka mine was fascinating enough to yield fruit in the form of sculptures, paintings, and literary works. Miners themselves have never been devoid of a variety of artistic talents thanks to which the saline chambers have been turned into a peculiar gallery of religious sculptures. It is so thanks to generations on generations of self-taught sculptor miners who worked on furnishing and decorating of subterranean chapels that our mine enjoys the rank of a monument unique on a global scale. Each generation of miners working here has left their mark on the saline sidewalls. On the end of the tour we visited Graduation Tower, one of the most pleasant forms of inhalation therapies. The natural brine mist that forms in the area of the graduation tower is similar to the that at the seacoast. Thanks to its therapeutic properties it facilitates the treatment of selected chronic respiratory system ailments and disorders of a recurrent nature. The prophylactic properties of the brine aerosol are also relevant. During the whole day our lungs accumulate dust contained in the air we breathe. Prophylactic inhalations permit to cleanse the respiratory tracts and that is why they are also referred to as nebulisation therapy. The graduation tower measures 7,500 square meters of surface area and an additional element prepared for those visiting the facility is the 22-meter high observation tower from which one can admire the panorama of the park and mine shafts… Enjoy the gallery!

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