St. Kinga’s Chapel | Wieliczka, Poland

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Altar in the St. Kinga's Chapel in the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland

The Wieliczka Salt Mine and especially the St. Kinga’s Chapel 101m below ground level are exceptional. A huge room (465m² and 11m high) so deep underground, enlightened by chandeliers and ornamented with numerous pieces of art. But the most impressive for me was the several hundred years old altar made from salt.

The Chapel was named after Saint Kinga of Poland who also is the patroness of the salt miners. And the Chapel is still used! Up to 400 people fit in for church services, concerts or even weddings.

Technical Details

Camera: Canon EOS 500D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm @ 13mm
ISO: 400
Exposures: 3 (-2, 0, +2)
Aperture: 8
Exposure time (middle): 1/2s
Tripod: Manfrotto 190CXPRO4
Size: 14.5 MPx
Date: Taken in November 2013

Location: In St. Kinga’s Chapel in the Wieliczka Salt Mine near Kraków

Software: Lightroom 5.2, Photoshop CS6, Photomatix Pro

St. Kinga’s Chapel is part of the UNESCO World Heritage

St Kinga’s Chapel and the whole Wieliczka Salt mine are part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1978, inscribed as Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines. It was among the first 12 inscribed World Heritage Sites.

» UNESCO Description of the World Heritage: Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines 
» Other photos of the World Heritage: See more photos

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