Pilgrims’ Route (Wieliczka Salt Mine) - Wieliczka, Polska
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N 49° 58.946 E 020° 03.344
34U E 432302 N 5537104
Quick Description: The Pilgrims’ Route in the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine
Location: Małopolskie, Poland
Date Posted: 11/21/2013 11:37:34 AM
Waymark Code: WMJHRA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Bon Echo
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Long Description:
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This waymark is more than 100 meters underground in "Wieliczka" Salt Mine. To found it, you have to follow the tourist guide or use another occasion to visit this place.
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Pierwszy podziemny szlak pielgrzymkowy // (The first underground pilgrimage route)
"SZCZESC BOZE" // ("GOD BLESS")
w wielickiej kopalni soli // (in the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine)
otwarty dnia 6 stycznia 2010 roku // (opened at 6. January 2010)
poswiecony przez // (consecrated by)
arcybiskupa metropolite krakowskiego // (Metropolitan Archbishop of Krakow)
kardynala Stanislawa Dziwisza // (cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz)
za zarzadu prezesa kopalni soli Wieliczka S.A. // (with president of the board of the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine)
Kajetana D'Obyrna // (Kajetan D'Obyrn)

The Pilgrims’ Route in the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine

Labour underground has always been associated with great danger hazardous to life. That is why miners used to build chapels underground in which they attended mass every morning.

The numerous underground chapels as well as customs and rites, verbal folklore, art, and especially sculpting in rock salt religious subjects testify to the fact that the cult of holy patrons was very important in the Wieliczka miners’ culture. The miners exposed to constant perils placed their health and wellbeing in the hands of the Almighty, the Holy Mother of God, and the holy patrons. Apart from the main patron, St. Kinga, there were other more prominent apostles celebrated by the miners’ cult, i.e. St. Anthony Padewski, St. Clemens, and St. Barbara. These traditions are continued today as well as the miners’ greeting “God Bless” with which the miners greet and say goodbye to people they meet underground. The first “God Bless” is said at the moment of descending into the mine, and the final “God Bless” resounds when exiting the mine to the surface, i.e. “the outside world”.

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Stanislaw Dziwisz...
...is a Polish prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He became Archbishop of Kraków in 2005, and was created a cardinal in 2006. He was a long-time and influential aide to Pope John Paul II (he was one of the few people mentioned in the Pope's will, where he was thanked for his almost 40 years of service to the Pontiff), a friend of Pope Benedict XVI, and an ardent supporter of John Paul's eventual beatification. Cardinal Dziwisz participated in his first Papal conclave in March 2013 in Rome.
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Kajetan d’Obyrn is the President of the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine S.A.
What was opened/inaugurated?: Pilgrims’ Route in the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine

Who was that opened/inaugurated it?: Stanisław Dziwisz

Date of the opening/inauguration?: 6. January 2010

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