Times readers' underrated destinations of the world
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"The Last Supper," Wieliczka salt mine, Poland( Jason Karaian )
"The Last Supper," Wieliczka salt mine, Poland
According to UNESCO, "The historic salt mine in Wieliczka lies on nine levels, its major shafts, and 3,000 chambers stretch for the total of 186 miles, reaching the depth of over 1,000 feet." We visited the old salt mine and the Chapel of Blessed Kinga, more than 300 feet below ground. The chapel's chandeliers consist of dangling salt crystals, the floor is carved as if it were tile. The many bas-reliefs (maybe 20 feet by 30 feet), include one of Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper," carved in salt, full-size, 300 feet underground. In a way, this reproduction is almost more of an artistic achievement than the original in Milan, Italy.
-- Jim Humberd, Burbank