Wieliczka Salt Mines

Trip Start Aug 25, 2007
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Trip End Mar 25, 2008


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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Went to the Wieliczka salt mines. Had amazing sculptures made of salt
that the miners did in their free time. There were kilometers of
caverns and salt stalactites. They even dug a great hall. Mass is held
every morning in the deepest underground chuurch. They even have a post office now, the deepest in the world. Interesting note was that
these miners did not suffer from diseases like other miners because
apparently little impurities. Even better for their skin. Also took a
tour around Nova Huta, an industrial planned city for Stalin's
steel-making. Many city planners from US also come to view this city. I
can imagine Irvine's community planning/builders coming. It was a
self-sufficient community with one sports arena, cinema. Just no
churches, despite devout people. Stalin wouldn't allow it. But the
townspeople wanted it so they started brining stones from their yard.
It became a pilgrimage site for people to bring their unwanted stones
there. It was shaped like an ark from the outside. Also one of the more
unique churches I have seen with beautiful sculputrues and designs.
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