Monday, June 30, 2014

Wieliczka Mine - POLAND - UNESCO #32

Lots of people don't realise today the major importance that salt had in world history and civilization development - we take it for granted this days but centuries ago is was very important and with great value, even used as a payment method (have you ever wonder where the word "Salary" come from?). This 2 major mines in Poland were almost as important as a precious metal or gemstone mine, and on the tunnels several churches were built and carved on the stone. According to the sender, the Wieliczka site is beautiful but unfortunately very crowded so she prefers Bochnia. Thank you my dear Natalia for this card and your nice message - this is my 412th UNESCO postcard, only 595 to finish this collection. This postcard took 13 days to arrive!
 
UNESCO #32 - Wieliczka Mine - POLAND
 
The deposit of rock salt in Wieliczka and Bochnia has been mined since the 13th century. This major industrial undertaking has royal status and is the oldest of its type in Europe. The site is a serial property consisting of Wieliczka and Bochnia salt mines and Wieliczka Saltworks Castle. Both mines have hundreds of kilometers of galleries with works of art, underground chapels and statues sculpted in the salt, making a fascinating pilgrimage into the past. The mines were administratively and technically run by Wieliczka Saltworks Castle, which dates from the medieval period and has been rebuilt several times in the course of its history.
  
 
 

3 comments:

  1. Estas minas são um dos lugares mais impressionantes que já visitei. Adorei mesmo e recomendo uma visita.

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  2. Acredito Martinha... eu da Polonia so conheco mesmo Varsovia e arredores, passei la 4 dias espetaculares, no tempo em que num fds prolongado dava para um gajo se meter num aviao e ir conhecer uma capital europeia... depois veio a troika! :-) tenho muita curiosidade em conhecer melhor este pais, um destes anos tenho de o desbravar! BJ

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  3. Eu adorei a Polónia e tenho muita vontade de lá voltar, ainda ficou tanta coisa para ver . Varsóvia é bonita mas gostei ainda mais de Cracóvia, aliás, quero lá voltar porque queríamos tanto ver outros locais fora da cidade, as minas, Auschwitz e castelos, que acabámos por não dar à cidade a atenção que lhe era devida. Por isso, tenho a certeza que hei-de voltar à Polónia.

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