Photographer's Note

Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakow is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage. There are 2.5 hour walking tours which take you through long underground corridors and numerous halls filled with sculptures made of rock salt. The highlight of the tour is St. Kinga’s Chapel (in this photo) which is located 101 meters underground.

This was my third visit to Wieliczka Salt Mine. I was really looking forward to take a photo of St. Kinga’s Chapel but the time was scarce and family photos used up all my time. This photo was taken handheld with the highest ISO setting of my camera, and since my camera is not new, the noise was quite substantial. Nevertheless I really wanted to share something from this extraordinary place.

St. Kinga’s Chapel is the largest underground temple in the world (length 54m, width 18m, height 12m). Its entire floor is carved from a single block of salt, and the chandeliers are made of salt crystals. Walls of the chapel are decorated with bas-reliefs illustrating scenes from the New Testament, including “Escape to Egypt”, “Twelve year old Christ teaching in the temple”, “Last Supper”. The main altar carved by the miner Joseph Markowski consists of the main sculpture of St. Kinga and two side sculptures of St. Joseph and St. Clement. Since 1999, the chapel has also a salt statue of John Paul II.

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