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The Prime Minister of Poland, Donald
Tusk, invited to the Wieliczka mine
the heads of government of the
Vyshehrad Group countries. The
mine hosted prime misters from
Hungary, Gordon Bajnai, the Czech
Republic, Jan Fischer, Slovakia,
Robert Fico, and Poland. They visited
the Chapel of St. Kinga and dined in
the Warszawa Chamber where they
discussed the current affairs of the
Vyshehrad Group countries.
Meeting of the Four Prime Ministers
6 March 2009
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1. The Chapel of Saint Kinga in the Wieliczka Salt Mine
2.  It is made out of salt.
3.  Krakow, Poland
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Quiz #233 Results
The Wieliczka Salt Mine
(The image of the last supper was one of my searches, having
spotted it on the wall. The search that found it though was for
"carved rock catholic church" in a Google image search).  

This led me to:
which verified the image and explained the location.)  This was a tricky one - I got so
caught up in the SALT meetings that I was searching for a church in Vienna, since you
ruled out Helsinki (which also has a rock structure church with some similarities to this
one).  I got it by broadening my search and a bit of luck.

Brian Kemp
The Wieliczka Salt Mine, located in the town of
Wieliczka in southern Poland, lies within the Kraków
metropolitan area. The mine had been in continuous
operation, producing table salt since the 13th century
until 2007 as one of the world's oldest operating salt
mines (the oldest being in Bochnia, Poland, some 20
kilometers away from Wieliczka). The mine is a
major tourist attraction, with about 1.2 million
visitors per year. Commercial mining was
discontinued in 1996 due to low salt prices and mine

The Saint Kinga’s Chapel, on Lower Level II, 101
meters below the surface, is the most impressive and
opulent of underground temples. The chamber,
carved in a block of salt, has been a place of worship
The Last Supper carved in rock salt.
since 1896. The chapel ornamentation has been created over a period of more than a
hundred years. From late 19th century until 1963, the sculpting was conducted by
self-taught miners-sculptors, Józef and Tomasz Markowski and Antoni Wyrodek. Their
work is continued by the new generation of miners, who create new sculpting projects.

Sculptures which decorate the chapel walls are New Testament scenes. Closest to the
stairs, on the right, the Jesus Before Herod and Massacre of the Innocents reliefs are to
be seen, and above them, a Nativity scene. Slightly further, the Chapel of Madonna and
Child, with the depiction of God the Father atop, is to be seen, as well as the Flight Into
Egypt relief, and above it, Christ Falling Under the Cross.

Next to the main altar, a side altar dedicated to the Sacred Heart, the Twelve-year-old
Jesus Preaching At the Temple relief, and a pulpit whose base resembles the walls of the
next to it, the altar of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The chapel chancel is ornamented both by early 20th-century and recent sculptures.
One of the oldest elements of the décor is the main altar, carved by Józef Markowski
and consisting of three parts. In the middle, Saint Kinga’s figure surrounded by salt
crystals is placed; in the side panels, between double columns, the statues of Saint
Joseph and Saint Clement are to be seen.

To the left of the altar, a relief depicting the scene of the Last Supper, carved by Antoni
Wyrodek and modelled after the famous fresco by Leonardo da Vinci, is to be seen.
Next to the relief, the Resurrection Chapel is to be found. Another relief found here, the
Doubting Thomas, dates from the 1960s.

On exiting the chapel, visitors can admire the newest of the sculptures which adorn the
underground temple. The statue found here is the world’s only monument of the Polish
Comments from Our Readers
pope, John Paul II carved in salt. It was
made in 1999 by the miner-sculptor
Stanisław Anioł assisted by Paweł
Janowski and Piotr Starowicze as a gift of
thanks for the canonising the Blessed

The chapel is illuminated by large salt
chandeliers. The entire decoration of the
underground temple, including the floor,
has been carved in salt.
Kinga was given in marriage to Polish Prince Boleslaus V of Sandomierz of the Piast
Dynasty, later called the "Chaste". This political marriage was arranged when Kinga
was five and Boleslaus 12. In 1247 when Boleslaus was invited by the nobles of
Krakow to take over the Principality of Krakow, Kinga became princess.  Despite the
marriage, the devout couple took up a vow of chastity. The marriage was largely
arranged by and the vow of chastity patterned after that of Boleslaw's sister Salome of
Cracow.In a county destroyed by the Tartars but still Christian, Kinga became a
benefactor, governing with her husband, jointly signing and sealing all documents.

During her reign Kinga got involved in charitable works such as visiting the poor and
helping the lepers. When her husband died in 1279, she renounced the throne and sold
all of her material possessions and gave the money to the poor.  In 1280 she founded a
Poor Clare monastery on land given to her by Boleslaus at Stary Sacz. She lived as a
guest in the monastery for eight years, not entering it until 1288 and later becoming
Prioress. She spent the rest of her life in contemplative prayer and did not allow anyone
This was a great quiz for me because as soon as I looked at the photo, I knew I had
seen this place before. When I first started doing my own family genealogy (like you
are ever done!), I learned that my paternal 2nd Great-Grandmother's name was
Kunigunda Koelblein, a German immigrant from Bavaria.

Naturally, I thought that this was a somewhat unusual name. I thought how many
Kunigundas could there have been???? During my research of the name, I ran into this
photo while researching St. Kunigunda (Kinga), and learned about the Chapel. I also
learned that it was not an all that unusual name for Germanic people, Austrian,
Hungarian, & Western Poles. What a coincidence, that it's the topic of one of your
quizzes !!!                                                                     
Robert W. Steinmann, Jr.

Now that is awesome!!  :)                                                                      
Beth Long

This is such a cool place, maybe on our trip to Slovakia [to see the Sedlec Ossuary, see
Quiz #230] I can squeeze this one in too!                                       Debby Sterbinsky

EVERYTHING (including the chandeliers) are made from salt. Also the place for the
world's first "underground bungee jump" and "underground hot air balloon flight". (?)
Carl Blessing
This was/is a fascinating place to read about.  Living in one of the few places in the
world where salt is obtained by evaporation I forget that most salt around the world is
mined out of the ground.                                                             
Milene Rawlinson

This was a TOTALLY COOL puzzle!                                             
Elaine C. Hebert

Took me a little while on this one.  I knew there was something to the glow through the
Virgin Mary.                                                                                
Blair Chambers

Quizmasters that solve this quiz are "Worth their salt".                               
Stan Read

I have recognised the place because I visited it some years ago.                   

Salt: Old Testament: Lot's wife turning into a pillar of salt.
New Testament: "and what if salt loses its flavor."                
Mike Dalton
Gabe came through on this one for me...I was in Egypt-underground...I kept saying
picture has to be here-he just smiled and shook his head "NO"..mom helped with the
SALT clue...who's teaching who here, right!                            
Mr. Rick and Gabriel

One of the largest salt mines in the world, Sifto Co., is in Goderich Ontario, about an
80 minute drive from my home. Unlike the mine in the photo, it is very much an
operating mine, employing about 500 people. Right now it is considered dangerous to
allow any visitors. It’s kind of fun to imagine what the mine could become when it is
no longer producing salt.
                                                                     Don Draper

Being of Polish descent, this was a fun search, it took awhile, but it was fun. I had not
heard of the salt mines.  
                                                                     Dawn Colket

Hi Colleen!  I did like this quiz - I think it was the hardest one for me to do so far!  I
kept thinking it was an underground tunnel like the ones they have below Moscow in
the metro stations and I got hung up on that.  The illuminated Virgin Mary statue was
what finally saved me; I Googled images of that and it led to me the Salt Mine.  Very
interesting place and the legend is quite fascinating too!  Thank you for the challenge
this week.
:)                                                                                     Nicole Blank
Saint Kinga of Poland (also known as Cunegunda,
Kunigunda, Kunegunda, Cunegundes, Kioga, Zinga;
Polish: Święta Kinga, Hungarian: Szent Kinga) (March 5,
1224 – July 24, 1292) is a saint in the Roman Catholic
Church and patroness of Poland and Lithuania.

St. Kinga was born in Esztergom in 1234, the third
daughter of King Bela IV of Hungary and Maria
Laskarina, daughter of the Byzantine Emperor Theodore
I Lascaris. She was a Hungarian Princess of the Arpad
Dynasty, a niece of St. Elizabeth of Hungary and great-
niece of Saint Hedwig. Kinga's sisters were Saint
Margaret of Hungary and Jolenta of Poland (Yolanda,
The Legend of St. Kinga
to refer to her past role as Grand Duchess of Poland.
She died on 24 July 1292 at the age of 58, whereupon
she was widely venerated as a saint. In 1690 Pope
Alexander VIII confirmed her cult, the equivalent of
beatification. She was canonized by Pope John Paul II
on June 16, 1999.

The Legend

When Boleslaw and Kinga were to be married, Kinga's
father Bela IV asked her what she would like to get from
him as a wedding present, what she would like to take to
her husband and the new country. Kinga replied that she
wanted no gold and jewels, since they only brought
unhappiness and tears. She wanted something that could
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serve the people she was going to live with.  Her request surprised the king greatly –
she asked for salt.

The king was determined to keep his promise. He offered Kinga the biggest and most
prosperous salt deposits in Hungary – the Marmaros salt mine. However, nobody knew
what Kinga could do with the treasure.

On her way to Poland the princess visited the mine. She kneeled to pray next to the
entrance and – to everyone’s surprise – suddenly threw her engagement ring inside.
She gathered a group of the best Hungarian salt miners and told them to follow her.

When the party arrived in Poland and was approaching Kraków, Kinga stopped and
asked the miners to look for salt. They started digging and suddenly hit something very
hard. It was a lump of salt. When they broke it, everyone saw what was hidden inside
– Kinga’s engagement ring!
The Erazm Barącz Chamber owes it allure
to a small salt lake, 9 m in depth, filled
with brine, a saturated solution of salt.
The wooden gallery around the highest
part of the chamber gallery is used to
monitor the condition of the salt walls. Of
particular interest is also the salt pillar,
which is a natural way of securing the
excavated chambers.
Answer to Quiz #233
November 15, 2009

To commemorate the princess, 101
metres under the ground, down in the
mine there is the world’s biggest
underground chapel, dedicated to Saint

In this picture you can see the salt
sculptures int he Janowice chamber
showing the moment the miners gave
Kinga the ring found in the salt lump.
The Wieliczka Sanitorium

The Wieliczka Salt Mine contains the only
underground respiratory rehabilitation
center, which is maintained by a
professional medical team.The
rehabilitation effects are due to its unique
microclimate, which is characterized by
exceptional bacteriological cleanliness,
richness of micronutrients (including
medicinal sodium chloride, magnesium
and calcium ions) and the lack of
allergens and contaminants present on the
surface of the earth. The Center offers
6.5-hour curative stays in various
rehabilitation programs, 135 m below
ground in the Lake Wessel chamber,
under the supervision of a professional
medical staff. You can breathe easier and
Information and Booking

Wieliczka Salt Mine Tourist Route
Department of the Gastronomic Services
10 Daniłowicza Street, Wieliczka
phone: +48 12 278 73 24
fax: +48 12 278 73 25
That is how the Hungarian princess brought salt to Poland.

Right now in Wieliczka there is the most famous salt mine museum. Here is the link to
the mine’s homepage:
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How Brian Solved the Puzzle
When four prime ministers met here recently,
they were not attending Strategic Arms Limitation Talks.

1.  Where is this location?
2.  What is unusual about it?
3.  What is the nearest large city?

here for hint
The guests were welcomed at the entrance to the Mikołaj Daniłowicz Shaft by the
Chairman of the Board of the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine S.A., Kajetan d’Obyrn, the
Chairman of the Board of the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine Tourist Route, Marian Leśny,
Member of the Board for Technical Issues of the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine S.A., Dariusz
Wojciechowski, and Services Director of the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine Tourist Route,
Jarosław Malik.

The guests then took the elevator down into the mine to the II lower level, 101 meters
below ground level, and visited the Chapel of St. Kinga. The chapel, carved out in rock
salt, is one of the most beautiful historic places in the mine. The politicians were
amazed with its beauty and the enormous space cut out in rock salt. They also visited
the Erazm Barącz and Stanisław Staszic chambers.

The prime ministers symbolically shook hands in a gesture of unity. During dinner in
the Warszawa Chamber, 125 meters below ground level, the prime ministers
summarized the ending leadership of Poland in the Vyshehrad Group countries and
discussed the priorities under the leadership of Hungary. Amongst other aspects, the
prime ministers discussed the issues of energy safety, the nearing climate summit in
Copenhagen, and the engagement of the Vyshehrad Group countries in the Eastern
Partnership project.

The prime ministers then signed the Book of Guests. Prime Minister Donald Tusk
presented his guests with salt sculptures created by talented Wieliczka miners, coffee
table books and films on the historic undergrounds.

The underground meeting of the four prime minister took place as part of the
anniversary celebrating the first free elections held in Poland in 1989.
Erazm Baracz Chamber
Wawel castle can be seen. In a niche of the
altar table, Saint Kinga’s relics were placed.

The figures of Christ Crucified and two
kneeling monks are salt copies of the
sculptures from Saint Anthony's Chapel,

On the left side of the main altar, the
Wedding at Cana relief is to be seen, and
Jesus teaching in the temple
when he was 12 years old.
Galley in St. Kinga's Chapel