Wieliczka - information about the city

Wieliczka [vʲɛˈlʲit͡ʂka]- the city of Wieliczka lies in the south central part of Poland, within the Małopolska region, in the Kraków area. The city is located 13 km (8.1 mi) to the southeast of Kraków. Under the town is the Wieliczka Salt Mine – one of the world's oldest operating salt mines (the oldest is at Bochnia, Poland, 20 km (12 mi) from Wieliczka), which has been in operation since prehistoric times. The first settlers were probably from the Celtic tribes. In later years they were driven out by the Slavic population. The importance of mining deposits arose after the capital of Poland was moved from Gniezno to Kraków by Casimir I the Restorer. In 1252 deposits of salt and potasium were discovered and henceforthward the extration of salt reached deep regions in the earth. In 1978 UNESCO decided to list Wielicką salt mine as a world cultural heritage. In 1994 the city was declared a historical monument.
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Wieliczka - tourist attractions

markerA Wieliczka Salt Mine The Wieliczka Salt Mine, located in the town of Wieliczka in southern Poland, lies within the Kraków metropolitan area. The mine, built in the 13th century, produced table salt continuously until 2007, as one of the world's oldest salt mines still in operation. From its beginning and throughout its ... Wieliczka Salt Mine - photo

Relevant data

Geographical coordinates: 49.9833, 20.0667
Approximate population: 19,133