Wieliczka Premium Salt - why it is exceptional and where it comes from
Wieliczka salt mine is one of the oldest and most famous salt mines in the world. It is located near the city of Wieliczka in Poland and is one of the most important monuments of material culture in the country.
The history of Wieliczka salt dates back more than 7,000 years, when the first human settlements began to appear in the area of today's salt mine. Initially, salt was only obtained naturally, by evaporating water from salt lakes, but already in the 13th century, salt production began in mines, which extracted salt from underground deposits.
In the 18th century, Wieliczka was one of the largest centers of the salt industry in the world, and its salt was exported to various European countries. In 1978, the Wieliczka salt mine was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the most valuable places of material culture in the world.
Currently, the mine can be visited to see underground corridors, chambers, chapels and intriguing salt sculptures, which were created by miners during their work. Visiting the mine is a great opportunity to learn about the history of salt mining, technologies used in the past, and also to see up close the works of art made of salt.