Stanislaw Staszic Chamber – Look Up! | Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland
The Wieliczka Salt Mine must make it on your list when you have a rainy day in Cracow. The mine is simply mind-blowing. There are 300km full of statues, arts and chapels on 9 levels that were built over the last 700 years. It is the oldest salt mine of its kind in Europe and since 1978 legitimately among the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Because of that, the salt mine is very popular among tourists and there is no other way than to go through the mine in a group along the tourist paths. All that in a speed in which you have rarely enough time to take good shots, even with ISO400 setting. Also, my usual strategy of falling back behind the group didn’t work as the next one was almost right behind us.
Nevertheless I was able to get some good shots. And in taking this one I had no time pressure as it was at the end of the tour. Please note: This room, the Stanislaw Staszic Chamber, is approximately 130m (420ft) under the town Wieliczka. As I was standing there I totally forgot that I am underground. All around you find drink machines, gift shops and a museum. But if you look up you see that you’re in a cave that is 36m high. I have no idea how they built that, but well, they had 700 years to do it. Can you imagine that this chamber was the host of the first underground balloon flight as well as the first underground bungee jump?
- Nico Trinkhaus
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