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This small town, in the south of Poland, just 10 km away from Krakow, is most famous for its Kopalnia Soli (Salt Mine) - the only construction of its kind which still functions to the present day. In 1978, it was entered into the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. The over 700-year-old mine is an underground world of salt halls, chambers and chapels, some even 327m below the ground. The magnificent kaplica bl. Kingi (Chapel of the Blessed Kinga) - made entirely of salt, should be visited. It is 10 m tall, 54 long and 15 m wide. It is beautifully decorated, with unique chandeliers made from salt crystals and other salt sculptures.

A stay underground is extremely beneficial to those with respiratory problems and allergies.

After a tour of the mine you can visit the Muzeum Zup Solnych (Salt Mine Museum), in which you can find a unique collection of saltshakers. You may also visit the 16th centurykosciolek sw. Sebastiana (St. Sebastian's Church).

The next sight on your tour of the city is the Trakt Krolewski (Royal Way), stretching out from the Royal Castle, through Lazienki Park and continuing to Wilanow. Krakowskie Przedmiescie - considered by many to be the most beautiful part of Warsaw is the start of the long route. Kosciol Swietego Krzyza (The Holy Cross Church) is definitely worth visiting. After the Palac Staszica (Staszic Palace), Krakowskie Przedmiescie becomes Nowy Swiat - a boulevard full of fashionable shops, cafes, and restaurants. Aleje Ujazdowskie and the placem Trzech Krzyzy (Three Crosses Square) with the kosciol sw. Aleksandra (St. Alexander's Church) in the middle make up the next part of the route. The Zamek Ujazdowski (Ujazdow Castle)stands at the edge of the hill, and is now home to Muzeum Sztuki Wspolczesnej (Centre of Contemporary Art).

Lazienki Park is the former summer residence of King Stanislaw A. Poniatowski with the Stara Pomaranczarnia (Old Orangery) and the charming Palacem na Wodzie (Palace Upon the Water). The Belvedere Palace - home to the President of the Republic of Poland, is the large white building on the opposite side of the hill. It is near the pomnik Fryderyka Chopina (Chopin Monument). On summer afternoons, you can enjoy a live Chopin piano concert. The Palace of Culture and Sciences - Poland's tallest building, stands on an immense square in the centre of the city. It is a prime example of social realism, a gift of friendship from the Soviet Union. You can see the panorama of the city from the observation deck located on the 30th floor. The Wilanow Palace and park complex lies at the end of the Royal Way, in which you can see the (Galerie Portretu) Gallery of Polish Portraitsand the prywatne komnaty krolewskie (private royal chambers). The palace is surrounded by a unique and beautiful garden.


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