Bochnia Salt Mine and St. Mary Magdalene Church

Bochnia ©PolandMFA/flickr

Bochnia ©PolandMFA/flickr

As an extension of Wieliczka, and operating since prehistoric times, at about 20km from Wieliczka, you should also visit the Bochnia Salt Mine. It is deeper with 468 meters in depth at sixteen different levels. You can explore the deserted chambers, shafts, passages that formed an underground town and the sanatorium. It is the largest preserved chambers. The mines measures 4.5 km in length and what

Ko?ció? ?w. El?biety

Then within the Ko?ció? ?w. El?biety or St. Elisabeth’s Church, there are Gothic and Renaissance altars as well as more than one hundred tombs of their prominent citizens. A 91 meters tower is where you can climb up its long, narrow and twisting stairwell of approximately 300 steps. A great view awaits you on the top and you should see the vestry with vestments, vessels and records kept there too.

St. Mary Magdalene Church

Ko?ció? ?w. Marii Magdaleny

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Ko?ció? ?w. Marii Magdaleny or “St. Mary Magdalene Church” is a Gothic church between Laciarska street and Szewska. You can walk there from the central market square and it is definitely worth a visit. This churched was established in the 13th century. Today, it is a cathedral of the Polish Catholic Church.

This was a special place as it was where the first evangelical service in Wroclaw was celebrated. Besides, it used to have a legendary Sinner’s Bell, the biggest Silesian bell, but it was damaged in 1945. You are recommended to check out the most precious relic of the church, which is a Romanesque portal from a Benedictine monastery on river Elbing. The portal is dating from the 12th century.

Last but not least, there is a bridge called “Mostek Czarownic”, in English the Witches’ Bridge. This bridge connects the two towers and there was passing on of legends about the shadows being the souls of girls. These girls are believed to seduce men and are afraid of housekeeping and never want to get married.

Centennial Hall

Hala Stulecia or the “Centennial Hall” is a historic building constructed accordingly to the plans by Max Berg. Today, it is a World Heritage Site as it is an early landmark of reinforced concrete architecture. The main feature is the cupola modeled on the Festhalle Frankfurt with an inner diameter of 69 meters. Relatively near to it is the Wroclaw Zoo, the Pergola with its Multimedia Fountain and the Japanese Garden.

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