Wieliczka Local Customs

  • DIGGING  SALT  ROCKS
    DIGGING SALT ROCKS
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  • SCULPTURES  OF  BLESSED  KINGA  AND  MINER
    SCULPTURES OF BLESSED KINGA AND ...
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  • BLESSED  KINGA  CHAPEL
    BLESSED KINGA CHAPEL
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    Legend of Queen Kinga

    by matcrazy1 Written Dec 28, 2002

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    King of Poland Boleslav the Shy became engaged to be married with blessed Kinga in 1238. Kinga (vel Kunegunda) was daughter of Bela IV - king of Hungary. Leaving Hungary for Krakow (capitol of Poland that time) she didn't want to ask her father to give her any dowry in gold or silver. Instead of it she asked him to give her something which could serve either rich and poor people. Bela IV agreed, gave her wedding-ring and Kinga married Boleslav the Shy. After coming to Krakow she asked to dig the earth in Wieliczka and the salt was found there and - according to the legend - the queen's wedding-ring was found in the first rock of salt.

    The above legend was an inspiration for miner-sculpturer Mieczyslaw Kluska. He carved natural size statues illustrating the legend in salt rocks.
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    SCULPTURES  OF  BLESSED  KINGA  AND  MINER

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    Blessed Kinga Chapel

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    Queen Kinga decided to serve the God instead of living in luxury Royal Wawel Castle in Krakow and she entered Roman Catholic convent.
    She became the patron of miners and then she was blessed.
    To honour her great serving to God miners built Kinga Chapel in salt rocks.
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    BLESSED  KINGA  CHAPEL

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    They digged wells in the Middle Ages

    by matcrazy1 Written Dec 28, 2002

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    The first wells (to dig salt rocks) were built not before the Middle Ages. Why? Because the superficial resources of salt were almost exhausted. So people started to look for the salt (which was "white gold", sth like oil - dark gold - now hehe) underground.
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    MEDIEVAL  WELL (reconstruction)

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    How did they live in Wieliczka ?

    by matcrazy1 Written Dec 28, 2002

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    In the underground Museum Of Salt-Works you can see detailed and simply fantastic model of Wieliczka from 17th century.

    The details could be reconstructed thanks to very detailed maps of Martin German. He was an geometrist and came from SWEDEN. He was working a few years since 1631 and created oryginal, detailed map of Wieliczka.
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    WIELICZKA  CITY  RECONTRUCTIVE  MODEL

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    The salt-works are 3500 years old

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 28, 2002

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    The archeologic excavations revealed salt-works from the Neolithic period ca 3500 years ago in Wieliczka. They extracted salt from superficial salt-waters.
    You can see reconstructed salt-works in the big and very detailed model.

    Btw do you like such houses? I wander have they got any fire-brigades that time? he?
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    PREHISTORIC  HOUSE  AND  SALT-WORKS

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    Underground music

    by matcrazy1 Written Dec 28, 2002

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    There was miners' orchestra playing during the Holy Mass in the Blessed Kinga Chapel.
    They played rather NOT underground music hehe. But the unique acoustics of the place had made hearing music here an exceptional experience.

    UNDERGROUND MINERS' ORCHESTRA

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    Underground Holy Mass

    by matcrazy1 Written Dec 28, 2002

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    According to the very long tradition a few times a year a holy mass takes place in the Blessed Kinga Chapel. I was lucky to see it once - unforgettable experience.
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    UNDERGROUND  HOLY  MASS

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    How did they store salt ?

    by matcrazy1 Written Dec 28, 2002

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    They stored salt in special clay vases - look at the picture.
    Could I buy such original vase anywhere? Hmm... rather copy of it :-)
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    VASE  FOR  SALT

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    How did they dig the salt rocks?

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 28, 2002

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    Look at the picture how did the miners dig the salt in the past? It seems it was a very hard manually work, they used miner's hacks only.
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    DIGGING  SALT  ROCKS

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