International cooperation is expanding. This year, the project linking us with salt: mining traditions and contemporary tourism in Spain is being continued in collaboration with the Cardona Historical Foundation and the city of Cardona. As part of this project, the Museum will present in Spain the exhibition Las Salinas Wieliczka en Polonia, which promotes the Wieliczka Museum and the salt mine. The Museum is also a special guest at the event Jarmark Medieval. Festival of Salt (Feria Medievala. Festa de la Sal) on 1-2 June 2024.
The Linking Us Salt project and the Wieliczka Salt Mine exhibition
During the event, employees of the Wieliczka Salt Mine, in historical costume, will present salt extraction using a 17th-century brewhouse method, rope twisting at a ropemaker's workshop, a salt stall where different types of salt will be available and, for those who wish, the possibility of crushing it in a special mortar. The museum will invite participants to take part in educational workshops and games.

In addition, visitors to the event will be able to see an exhibition presenting the history of the Wieliczka Salt Mine - the geology of the deposit, the beauty of salt, brewing developing as early as 3500 BC, salt extraction from the 13th to the 20th century, the development of the royal mining company, landmarks in the history of the mine, the Saltworks Castle and its functions, the development of tourism, as well as Wieliczka as a town worth visiting.

History of Salt in Cardona and the Salt Mountain Cultural Park
The town of Cardona is known for its salt, which has been extracted here since Neolithic times much like in the Wieliczka area. From the Middle Ages until 1990, the Salt Mountain was home to the largest rock salt mine on the Iberian Peninsula. The salt deposit is in the form of the salt mountain La Muntanya de Sal, unique in Europe. It rises to a height of 120 metres and reaches down into the earth to a depth of around 2 kilometres. After the end of mining, the salt mine was transformed into the Salt Mountain Cultural Park and several levels were opened to tourism in 1997. It houses a museum exhibition, a historic shaft engine room from the 19th century, and offers an Art-Sal salt sculpture gallery, photographic and multimedia presentations. A visit to the mine also provides a great visual experience due to the unique palette of salt colours (brown, red, orange, white, green) and textures as well as rich flowstone formation.

Salt Festival and Medieval Fair
The event Medieval Fair.The Salt Festival traces its roots back to 1947 Initially, it had the character of a market for local food and crafts.Since 2021, thanks to the work of the Historic Cardona Foundation, the event has developed into a multi-faceted festival with a theme going back to the town's origins and the legacy of salt mining and trading.This is when the city is transported back to medieval times and a rich programme is carried out in several streets and squares from morning to night, with salt occupying a special place.

The project Salt connects us: mining traditions and contemporary tourism and participation in the Medieval Fair. The Salt Festival is realised thanks to the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
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