Ancient Polish Salt Mine Contains A Chapel, An Underground Lake, And Chandeliers Made Of Salt

I don’t know about you, but when I think of the word “mine,” I imagine a deep, dark pit with only minerals and machinery in view.

However, Poland’s historic Wieliczka Salt Mine thwarts all expectations with its gorgeous internal design and chambers alongside its impressive history and cultural importance to the area.

A Piece Of Polish History

mine exterior entrance
Photo Credit: Hermes Images / AGF / Universal Images Group via Getty Images
Photo Credit: Hermes Images / AGF / Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The Wieliczka Salt Mine, located near Krakow in southern Poland, is one of the world’s oldest mines that is still technically operable. It has such powerful historic importance that it has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.