On the first day of the Conference we are pleased to invite you to a banquet organized in a very unusual place, 135 meters underground. You will have the opportunity to spend evening time in the Chamber Haluszka, and visiting Wieliczka.
In the Middle ages this site was referred to as Magnum Sal, the Great Salt. At the time, mineralised sedimentary rock salt represented an enormous value, a priceless treasure. Not only did salt enhance the taste of various dishes, but it was also used to preserve foods. The trade in salt was a source of wealth for numerous burgher families (Wierzynek, Boner) as well as magnate families (Morsztyn, Lubomirski).
The Wieliczka salt deposits, exploited on an industrial scale for the last 750 years, form a historic landmark of physical culture unique in the world. The salt-works are situated on nine levels, the first of which is 64 metres below ground level, drilled in the 10-kilometre-long deposit, while 180 others connect different levels underground. The salt-works include more than 200 km of passageways with a total volume of 7,500 milion cubic metres. There are underground churches and chapels (there used to be more than forty). From the 15th century to 1787, religious services were held on a daily basis. Wieliczka’s underground space has fairy-tale charm and unspeakable beauty which it owes to various crystallized formations, rarely seen elsewhere.
The Crystal Grotto, discovered in 1898, a unique landmark of inanimate natural formations, is an excellent example. The associated collection of mining equipment is priceless, with machinery, carts, windlasses, security and ventilation systems, lighting and firefighting equipment from past times.
The Wieliczka salt-mine was once a destination for royal, imperial and artistic tours (it was also visited by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe). The current underground tourist route is more than 3 kilometres long – it includes 20 chambers connected by drifts, situated on three levels, 64-135 metres deep. The captivating interior of the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine is a perfect setting for organising a training session, a ball, a press conference or an unforgettable meeting. The saline underground is an ideal venue for a large, professional corporate event up to 600 participants, or an intimate meeting among friends.
If you are interested to join us, please contact with the Congress Office