|Its good to start off the day with a healthy breakfast!|
|Side altar of St. Catherine of Siena|
|I think St Vincent Ferrer!|
After visiting the Dominicans I took a trip on a shuttle over to the salt mine on the outskirts of Krakow, the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Its about a 30 minute ride. Salt is what put Krakow on the map as far as trade and wealth goes. For over 700 years these mines were in operation continuously, until recently where it is now preserved as a museum. Once again, the Polish have done an amazing job here. A three hour tour of the mines proved interesting and in keeping with Polish heritage, Catholicism is also connected with the mines. Of course most of the miners were Catholic. There were three however who spent 70 years working on a carved salt chapel over 300 feet under the ground, St. Kinga's Chapel. There were also some small chapels along the way as well. Its inspiring to see that these Catholic men although working hundreds of feet below ground brought the light of Christ with them into the darkness! For me this was the highlight of the adventure.
|The story of the founding of the mines, carved in salt.|
|King Kazimir in salt.|
|I had no idea that they stabled horses hundreds of feet underground!|
|Miners brought wood carved images to make chapels underground.|
The main chapel underground is simply astounding. Everything you see in these pictures is carved out of the salt in the mine. Even what appears to be glass on the chandeliers are pieces of salt!
|The light shines through the salt lighting up Our Lady!|
After returning to the city center after the trip I sat down and had dinner. I hit a couple of books stores and then prayed the Rosary in the Dominican church on the way back to the hotel. Another blessed day!