Explore an 800-year-old salt mine with Google Street View

Google has added a virtual view of the 13th century Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland, including its glorious cathedral carved entirely out of rock salt.

Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia

As part of its UNESCO World Heritage series and World Wonders Project, Google has added the 800-year-old (or so) Wieliczka Salt Mine to Street View to offer a virtual tour of its wonders.

The Polish mine, which opened in the 13th century, operated until 2007, when it had to close due to flooding. It is more than 178 miles long and reaches more than 1,000 feet below the surface. Hidden in its twists and turns is a treasure trove carved right out of the rock salt.

This includes a statuary, three chapels, and a cathedral carved out of natural gray salt, dating back to the mine's early days and still occasionally worked on by contemporary artists. It's a site we'd dearly love to visit -- and, thanks to Street View, we can now virtually explore a small portion of the warrens.

The Wieliczka Salt Mine joins other heritage sites, such as the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia, the Grand Canyon in the US, and Stonehenge in the UK. Head over to this link to take a tour for yourself.

(Source: Crave Australia via FutureTimeline.net)

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