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Youngest visitors at the Saltworks Museum in the Wieliczka Salt Mine have the opportunity to experience the underground with the unique guide, Princess Kinga.
© Piotr Chwalba

The Legend of Saint Kinga

The founding of the mines in Bochnia and Wieliczka is the subject of a very beautiful legend of Saint Kinga, who lived in the 13th century, and became the patron of salt miners. Kinga was a historical figure: the daughter of King Béla IV of Hungary, and married to the Polish Duke who ruled Cracow—Bolesław V the Chaste.