The Salt Mine Near Krakow, Poland - JUNE, 2001
For many centuries this salt mine was a major source of income for people living in the area. After World War II, the salt was exhausted and the mine abandoned. A few years after it closed, some of the former miners who had skills in sculpting where engaged to develop sculptures throughout the mine. Today it provides tourist income to the area and employment for the descendents of the former miners.
Our guide shows us the sculpture from pink salt honoring
Copernicus, one of the many salt sculptures in the former mine.
A salt sculpture of a famous queen of Poland and her prince
A chandelier out of salt crystal (only the lights are
A sculpture of salt of a miner from the past.
We were told not to touch the salt sculptures, but that
we could lick the walls of salt. So Louise Allsopp of
Adelaide University, Australia, takes up the challenge.
On returning to the surface, a Brass Band plays for a wedding near
the Salt Mine
The bride enters the Church to the sound of the Brass Band playing.
After the wedding the bride and groom leave in their Mercedes.
For Photos of Krakow: http://courseweb.lis.uiuc.edu/~weech/Krakow/krakow.htm
For Photos of Excursions from Krakow before the conference:http://courseweb.lis.uiuc.edu/~weech/Krakow/excursions.htm
For photos of the conference in Krakow, see http://courseweb.lis.uiuc.edu/~weech/Krakow/Inform-Science01.htm
For photos of Auswitz-Birkenau concentration camp, see http://courseweb.lis.uiuc.edu/~weech/Krakow/Aus-birk.htm
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