This article originally appeared on PEDESTRIAN.TV and was scribed by travel-thirsty editor, Lucinda Price.
There’s something mystifying about things that are underground. There’s an element of danger to these places that make them so popular. Like, will the roof collapse? What happens if the lights go out? Who would be the first to get eaten if we’re stuck down here?!
Europe is full of these hidden hidey holes; particularly the Eastern region. One of the most famous is the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland, a 1,700-year-old underground city steeped in history and legend:
This 13th century monument is massive. It features 286km corridors, chapels, statues and even a got dang lake.
It originally opened up as a mine producing table salt way back in the day, and continued to do so up until as recently as 2007. In 1978, it was placed on the original UNESCO list of the World Heritage Sites.
Wieliczka salt mine, 178 mile corridors length, is 1700 yo and one of the most beautiful salt monuments in the world. Poland. a must-see. pic.twitter.com/04kT0JwAp2
— Slavic Mythology (@slavicmyths) August 30, 2017
And visitors are even treated to hectic light shows featuring Chopin bangers:
— Kristiina Vahvaselkä (@TravelWithXtina) November 21, 2017
The rock salt is naturally grey in various shades, resembling unpolished granite rather than the white or crystalline look that many visitors may expect. Pure magic.