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The Chapel of Saint Kinga at the depth of 101 meters in Wieliczka Salt Mine. A subterranean church carved in rock salt and embellished with salty sculptures and bas-reliefs.

The Wieliczka salt mine reaches a depth of 327 metres (1,073 ft) and is over 300 kilometres (190 mi) long.
Nine centuries of mining in Wieliczka produced a total of some 200 kilometers of passages as well as 2,040 caverns of varied size. The tourist route starts 64 m deep, includes twenty chambers, and ends 135 m below the earth surface, where the world's biggest museum of mining is located with the unique centuries-old equipment among its exhibits.

Occasionally concerts and other events take place in the Wieliczka mine’s biggest chambers.

There is a sanatorium for those suffering from asthma and allergy situated 135 meters deep underground in the Wieliczka Salt Mine.

In 1978 the Wieliczka salt mine was entered into the original UNESCO roster of World Heritage Sites. The salt mine forms an "underground town" with churches, lakes and passages.

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