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Wieliczka Salt-Mine Sculptures

Title: Wieliczka Salt-Mine Sculptures
Category: Singularities
Country: Poland
Period: XX Century
Provided by: AGH
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Salt carving is a traditional form of handicraft. You can admire it in the Salt Mine in Wieliczka in Poland, following the path of the Tourist Route, where you can meet great figures associated with Polish culture and art at almost every step, whose images have been immortalized in the salt rock. Salt is an extremely delicate material, therefore working with it requires precision and accuracy. Although brittle and delicate, salt has a hardness similar to plaster. The treatment of salt itself is not difficult.

Salt sculptures are made not only by artist-sculptors, but above all by miners-sculptors.

Many 17th-century salt sculptures can be found in the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland. The mine is a priceless cultural monument which was entered on the UNESCO Heritage List in 1978. The history of the Mine itself dates back to the Middle Ages, when it was called Magnum Sal.