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Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines - Zabytek.pl

Address
Wieliczka, Daniłowicza 10

Location
woj. małopolskie, pow. wielicki, gm. Wieliczka-miasto

The property Wieliczka Salt Mine was inscribed on the List by World Heritage Committee in 1978, extended by Bochnia Salt Mine and Saltworks Castle in Wieliczka in 2013.

 

Brief synthesis 

The Wieliczka and Bochnia salt mines are located on the same geological rock salt deposit in southern Poland. Situated close to each other, they were worked in parallel and continuously from the 13th century until the late 20th century, constituting one of the earliest and most important European industrial operations.

The two mines include a large ensemble of early galleries which extend to great depths. The residual excavations have been altered, and made into chapels, workshops and storehouses, etc. A substantial ensemble of statues and decorative elements sculpted into the rock salt has been preserved in both mines, along with an ensemble of tools and machinery. An underground tourist route has existed since the early 19th century.

The two mines, which over a long period were combined as one company with royal status (Kraków Saltworks), were administratively and technically run from Wieliczka Saltworks Castle, which dates from the medieval period, but has been rebuilt several times in the course of its history.

Criterion (iv): The Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines illustrate the historic stages of the development of mining techniques in Europe, from the 13th to the 20th centuries. The galleries, the subterranean chambers arranged and decorated in ways that reflect the miners’ social and religious traditions, the tools and machinery, and the Saltworks Castle which administered the establishment for centuries, provide outstanding testimony about the socio-technical system involved in the underground mining of rock salt.

Components of the serial property:

  • Wieliczka Salt Mine,
  • Bochnia Salt Mine,
  • Saltworks Castle in Wieliczka

     

UNESCO WHC site

Category: cultural

Building material: 

Protection: UNESCO World Heritage

Inspire id: PL.1.9.ZIPOZ.NID_N_12_UN.1129