The Stanisław Staszic Chamber
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The Stanisław Staszic Chamber

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'Stanisław Staszic - versatile man of the Polish Enlightenment, outstanding geologist' says the inscription at the bust in the chamber, carved in rock-salt by the miner sculptor Antoni Wyrodek in 1964. Initially the chamber was 50 metres high, and now, after filling in the lower part, it is 36 metres high. Salt was excavated here in the second half of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. On the side walls the marks of old mining techniques can be seen.

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Immagini nelle vicinanze di Poland

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A: Underground cathedral (Wieliczka Salt Mines)

di Andrew Usatyuk, 40 metri di distanza

Underground cathedral (Wieliczka Salt Mines)

B: Wieliczka Kaplica św. Kingi‎

di Maciej G. Szling, 40 metri di distanza

Wieliczka Kaplica św. Kingi‎

C: Kopalnia Soli "Wileiczla" / Wieliczka Salt Mine

di Justyna Jegorow, 40 metri di distanza

Kinga Holy Grotto of the hand-carved bas-reliefs in the foreground "Last Supper" of Leonardo da Vinci...

Kopalnia Soli "Wileiczla" / Wieliczka Salt Mine

D: Poland, Wieliczka, Salt Mine Muzeum, The Treasurer

di Thomas Blanket, 50 metri di distanza

Poland, Wieliczka, Salt Mine Muzeum, The Treasurer

F: Poland, Wieliczka, Salt Mine Muzeum, Michalowice Chamber

di Thomas Blanket, 50 metri di distanza

Poland, Wieliczka, Salt Mine Muzeum, Michalowice Chamber

G: Wieliczka Szyb Daniłowicza

di Maciej G. Szling, 50 metri di distanza

Wieliczka Szyb Daniłowicza

H: Wieliczka - Park Królowej Kingi

di Adam Czapla, 100 metri di distanza

Wieliczka - Park Królowej Kingi

I: Wieliczka - Park Królowej Kingi

di Adam Czapla, 120 metri di distanza

Wieliczka - Park Królowej Kingi

J: St. Clement's Church - aerial view

di Leszek Cuper, 320 metri di distanza

St. Clement's Church - aerial view

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Poland, Europe

Questa è una vista generale di Europe

Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.

The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.

Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".

Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.

Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.

In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. 

Text by Steve Smith.

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