Faith inspires and gives strength for the expedition. Community produces joy and allows you to order your tired thinking. A true pilgrimage is a retreat, during which we learn the truth about ourselves and other people, with a smile on our lips or in great concentration, under the care of the saint guardians of the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine.
"God Bless", the traditional greeting of the Wieliczka miners, is also the name given to this extraordinary Pilgrims’ Route. When travelling along this trail you will visit many venues which represent the religious character of the mine, including the most sacred treasures of the underworld: five beautiful salt chapels.
In the Chapel of St. Anthony, the patron and ally of people in search, you will see the unique sculptures of saints, whose features have been rubbed away by time and the relentless forces of underground nature. In the Chapel of the Holy Cross, pilgrims will be stunned by the beautiful images of the crucified Christ and Our Lady of Victories. The phenomenal, monumental Chapel of St. Kinga subtly combines the folk vision of art and the sphere of the sacred. Works inspired by the local and global art rub shoulders with the statue of John Paul II cut in rock salt, religious bas-reliefs and splendid altars. In the Chapel of St. John the pilgrims can spend some time on prayer and reflection as well as admire the amazing polychrome interior of the chapel.
The underground trail, blessed in early 2010 by His Eminence Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, is also a place of reflection on the hard work of the miners who forged the beauty of the salt world with their own hands. Here, you can admire their own Golgotha carved in wood, with each of the unique stations of the cross embedding a stone brought from the Holy Land.
At the end of the trip the faithful can participate in Holy Mass celebrated by a chaplain accompanying the group of pilgrims in the one-and-only underground chapel dedicated to John Paul II. During the trip along the Pilgrims’ Route there will be many opportunities for personal prayer, the breaking of bread and group signing of Barka (“Barge”), the favourite song of John Paul II. The faithful will receive a book of prayers to saints as a souvenir to remember the journey along the Pilgrims’ Route in the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine.