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This Incredible Salt Mine In Poland Will Take Your Breath Away

FEBRUARY 17, 2016  —  By Amanda Black  
Amanda Black

Amanda Black

Amanda hails from the great state of Maine. In the past, she's written for sites like TheKnot.com, ShermansTravel.com, and Thrillist.com. On ViralNova, you can catch her covering animal cuteness, travel, DIY tricks, and everything in between!

Over 1,000 feet below the surface of a small town in Poland lies a whole other world. It's spotted with cathedrals, walkways, caverns, and sculptures. They're all made of one thing...salt.

Wieliczka is a simple town, but it's hiding an incredible secret. This building serves as one of the main shafts down into the world famous salt mine.

Wieliczka is a simple town, but it's hiding an incredible secret. This building serves as one of the main shafts down into the world famous salt mine.

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Once inside, it's a long, long, long walk down.

Eight hundred and ten steps, to be exact.

Inside, the caverns can be vast and impressive...

Inside, the caverns can be vast and impressive...

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Or small and intimate. Sculptures dot some of the rooms -- there are even chapels!

This is St. Kinga's Chapel, one of the most expansive in the whole mine.

The biggest chapel took three men more than 65 years to carve it out of the salt.

There's even a lake!

Considering that there are more than 2,000 chambers and hundreds of kilometers of passageways, it would take weeks to see the whole mine.

It's no wonder the beautiful salt city was named a UNESCO World Heritage site back in 1978.

It's no wonder the beautiful salt city was named a UNESCO World Heritage site back in 1978.

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The mine remained active from the 13th century until the 21st. They produced table salt in it until 2007.

The mine remained active from the 13th century until the 21st. They produced table salt in it until 2007.

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Centuries of history all hundreds of feet below the surface! If you're ever in Kraków, Poland, you should consider taking a trip out to the salt mine. While you'll only get to see a fraction of what the site has to offer, it's still an incredible thing to witness!

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