Unearthing a hidden Gem : Krakow, Poland

 

We took a brief excursion to Krakow, a city in Poland. Below are some pictures of the Beautiful Old Town, St. Mary's Basilica and the Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Krakow is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, a city that was involved in more of Poland’s history than any other city in the country. The ratio of historic buildings and monuments is the largest and nowhere else in Poland will you encounter such a vast collection of art.

Moreover, unlike most other Polish cities, Krakow came through the World War II untouched.

It starts with the Old town, a beautiful mediaeval town in the centre of Krakow:

During our visit to the Old town we entered St. Mary's Basilica. Having seen many churches all over the world, this was one of the most spectacular I have ever seen:

Finally the highlight of the trip was a trip down 130 metres into the Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines. A UNESCO world heritage site. The mines feature underground chapels, rooms and monuments that workers tirelessly carved over the course of hundreds of years. Today it’s an in-active mine, but the history is beautifully preserved: