The “Wieliczka” mine is a real labyrinth of underground galleries, built over the course of more than seven centuries, where many dangers lurked in the dark, waiting for the miners. These conditions gave rise to the tradition of erecting underground crosses and chapels devoted to saints, guardians and patrons of the mining profession.
Over the past five centuries, more than 40 sacral objects have been built in the mine. The chapels presented in the application, devoted to St Anthony and St Kinga have gained particular importance and significance.
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St Kinga’s Chapel is a unique work of sculptor miners, and we owe the most magnificent underground temple, located at a depth of 101 metres below ground, to their effort and dedication. It impresses tourists from all over the world, is a place of religious worship, and hosts unique cultural events.
The figure of St Kinga, the patron saint of salt miners, is connected with a legend about the discovery of salt. In order to learn more, find one of the three depictions of St Kinga.
You can see what the St Kinga's Chapel looks like in full lighting or in an atmospheric semi-darkness, which emphasises the ambience of this place. The ceiling light switch is located halfway up the staircase:
Here are the attractions you can see in St Kinga’s Chapel. Select any object to find out more about it.
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