The deposit of rock salt in Wieliczka and Bochnia has been mined since the 13th century. This major industrial undertaking has royal status and is the oldest of its type in Europe.

The site is a serial property consisting of Wieliczka and Bochnia salt mines and Wieliczka Saltworks Castle. 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: both mines have hundreds of kilometers of galleries with works of art, underground chapels and statues sculpted in the salt, making a fascinating pilgrimage into the past.

The mines were administratively and technically run by Wieliczka Saltworks Castle, which dates from the medieval period and has been rebuilt several times in the course of its history.

- UNESCO (CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0)

3 sites in this World Heritage

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

Salt Mine in Wieliczka

Salt Mine in Bochnia

Saltworks Castle in Wieliczka

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DATA

Region
Europe
Country
Poland 
Category
Cultural
Name
Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
Selection Criteria (?)
(iv)
Year of Registered
1978
Year of Revised
20082013
Keyword
Mine, Registered in 1978, Revised in 2008, Revised in 2013