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[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] The Wieliczka Salt Mine is a World Heritage Site in Poland inscribing one of the oldest continuously producing salt mines in the world. The Wieliczka Salt Mine has been producing table salt from the 13th century until 2007. The massive salt mine is a sprawling subterranean complex spread over nine levels. Itg has its own chapel carved out of rock salt by the miners.


Inside Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland
Inside Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland
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Today the Wieliczka Salt Mine has a new life as a tourist attraction - some 1.2 million people pay it a visit every year, to marvel at the workings of the mines and also its chapel, statues, even chandeliears carved from salt. The underground passages of the salt mine extend for some 300 km and reaches a depth of 327. Commercial mining of salt is no longer being carried out at Wieliczka Salt Mine, due partly to the low prices of the commodity.

Visitors to the Wieliczka Salt Mine usually descend by taking the 378-step stairway. The tour itself covers three kilometers, passing through the mine itslef, as well as its chapel and other features. At the end of the tour, visitors are transported back to ground level by elevator. It takes 30 seconds to return to the surface.


Tour of Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland
Tour of Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Wieliczka Salt Mine was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 2nd session of the World Heritage Committee in Washington, D.C., USA, 5 - 8 September, 1978

Location: N49 58 45.012 E20 3 50.004
Inscription Year: 1978
Type: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: IV
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