This beautiful chapel is approximately 135m underground in the middle of the Wieliczka Salt Mine, near Krakow in Poland. The mine was started in the 13th century, and produced salt until as recently as 2007. If you don’t mind waiting you can book your wedding in the chapel, but I believe the waiting list is a couple of years or so.
Everything is carved from rock salt, including the floor tiles and bricks. They are not real – they are just carved directly into the rocks.
And here is a picture of the entire room. Beautiful, don’t you think?
In my past post, I showed pictures of Schindler’s factory. Schindler managed to protect many Jewish people during the Nazi occupation in Krakow. Today’s photo is about some Jewish people who did not survive. It says:
“The place of reflection on the martyr’s death of 65,000 Polish citizens of Jewish origin from Cracow and surroundings who were killed by the Nazis during World War II”
Sobering. If you want to visit it, it is in Szeroka Street – at the bottom of the small square in the Jewish quarter.
If you have read the book “Schindler’s Jews” or seen the movie “Schindler’s List” directed by Stephen Spielberg, you would have heard of Schindler’s factory. Schindler managed to save many Jewish people towards the end of world war 2 by having then declared as essential workers in his factory – even though the factory was, for practical purposes, producing very little.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when visiting Schindler’s factory, but while it was a history of the factory and of Schindler’s work it was far more than that. It gave an introspective history of Krakow in World War 2, and especially of the Jewish people that were confined to the ghetto during the Nazi occupation of Poland. An enlightening and sobering visit.
We only visited the factory on our second visit to Krakow, but if you are in the city I would highly recommend that you take a visit to the factory to learn move of its history.
The windows are filled with portraits of survivors.
The main factory gates
The Vistula River in Krakow with the castle on the right hand side. It’s a great place to go running or cycling (if you like it flat that is).
I saw this lovely display of fresh pumpkin & squash outside a restaurant in Krakow. It looked so great and colourful. All I can think about when I look at them is a hot and tasty vegetable curry.