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  • 1. The legend of Saint Kinga – how Hungarian princess started salt mine in the south of Poland
  • 2. Distance between Mszana Dolna and Wieliczka-44,8 km
  • 3.
    • Long, long ago, when Prince Boleslaw  Wstydliwy  was the ruler of  Poland , he decided to ask the princess of Hungary - Kinga to marry him . So he sent a message the court of the Hungarian king and ordered to give an engagement ring  to the princess Kinga.   She agreed to become a Polish princess. King a 's father wanted to give  her gold and jewels as dowry, but  the princess  said that this would not  be good , because the  Polish king was wealthy and his country lived  in prosperity.
    • Prince Boleslaw Wstydliwy
  • 4.
    • Kinga's father ask ed her :  ’ So what dowry do  you want my daughter? ’ The princess  after some thought asked her father to g i ve them salt , what will gain the appreciation of Boleslaw and his subjects. Father wanting to meet the request of his daughter, took her to the mine in Marumuresz and said: "You have  what you asked, here is a rich salt deposits. " King  was  pensive,because  he did not know how to  move all  the salt to the Polish mine. She lifted her eyes, asking God for advice and after a while  she  knew what to do. She removed her engagement ring from Boleslaw and threw him into the shaft. Courtiers who saw it were a little surprised, but  they said nothing.
  • 5. Chapel of St. Kinga in the Wieliczka Salt Mine
  • 6.  
  • 7.
    • Soon Kinga went to the court of King Boleslaw, where he waited for coming. Soon the wedding took place, and all the knights of the Małopolska and nobles appeared. King lived on the Wawel Hill as a sovereign of Poland. After several days, seeking to find her dowry, she asked her husband to show her kingdom. So the whole procession came, and the King admiredthe beautiful lands of his principality. 
    • Soon Kinga told to stop and directed her servants to dig in the ground. When the attendants came upon a rock and said that further digging is impossible. Kinga ordered to split off a piece of rock. One of the peasants gave Kinga white piece of rock, which was a lump of salt. She ordered to split it and her engagement ring fell out of the lump.
  • 8.
    • Then they all understood what a dowry father gave her and that the ring, which she threw into the mine in Marumuresz, brought precious salt to Poland. 
    • Since then,the mine in Wieliczka is famous for its rich salt deposits. Princess Kinga long and wisely ruled the Polish people.
    • Plan of the Wieliczka Salt Mine
  • 9.  
  • 10. The End
  • 11. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING THE PRESENTATION WAS PREPARED BY STUDENTS OF SZKOLA PODSTAWOWA NO 2 IN MSZANA DOLNA, POLAND