Tourist Organization of Brus

Special Award for the best tourist film - Special Award for the best ecology film

In any mine with underground excavations there is a risk of collapse. Wieliczka is no exception. Headings had to be secured and weak spots supported.

As the brightest jewel in Wieliczka's crown, the caves were proudly displayed to visitors, for whom a special railway was built. Unfortunately, the lure of these spectacular polycrystals was so great that many have been removed over the years.

Wieliczka's fame meant that the mine already attracted a stream of visitors hundreds of years before the concepts of tourism or World Heritage were invented.Wieliczka welcomes us to marvel at its treasures, a monument to the work of Man and Nature.

In accordance with royal regulations, the miners were to attend mass in a chapel before starting work. As God-fearing members of a mining community they needed no second bidding. Prayer was an important way of preparing oneself for the perils of the day ahead.  In time, the miners erected new chapels which were often elaborately equipped with all the trappings of a shrine "up in the world". 

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