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Friday, April 10, 2015

Katowice, Poland. A city few tourists visit | IN MY LENS


Katowice, what to visit, architecture


Katowice, a city in Silesia, Poland, seem to have a similar opinion as Łódź, few tourists go there ;) I spent in Katowice only one day a while ago and it was  a very cold day, so I didn't really have a chance explore the city. However, I visited what's the most important - Giszowiec and Nikiszowiec, impressive districts built for miners and their families. My post is...a little bit superficial (comparing it to how I visited Łódź) but I hope to show you that Katowice "Kato" - as the locals call it - is worth visiting :) To spent in Katowice one day was enough for me. The second day of the stay could be spent on a very interesting tour of modernist architecture in Katowice, it unfortunately I did not have time for it.


St. Mary's Street

The main pedestrian street - a nice place. On Sunday morning, when taking pictures, there were not too many people there, but on Saturday evening it had been more interesting ;)


Katowice, what to visit, architecture

Katowice, what to visit, architecture, nikiszowiec, giszowiec
it's us :)

It's an interesting location of the trash bin, don't you think? :)


Katowice, what to visit, architecture, nikiszowiec, giszowiec



Typical regional (silesial) food is sooo sooo good! 

Katowice, what to visit, architecture, nikiszowiec, giszowiec


I also saw the University Library - great architecture!

Katowice, what to visit, architecture, nikiszowiec, giszowiec


Nikiszowiec

One of the Historic Monuments of Poland - a coal miners' settlement built in 1908-1912. 


Katowice, what to visit, architecture, nikiszowiec, giszowiec
czerwone obramowania wokół okien wspaniale współgrają z ceglanymi fasadami. Dzięki zamknięciu ulicy tworzą się przyjemne wnętrza urbanistyczne.


Katowice, what to visit, architecture, nikiszowiec, giszowiec


Katowice, what to visit, architecture, nikiszowiec, giszowiec
Very interesting details made from brick (if you are a brick lover see contemporary churches by architect Stanisław Niemczyk)


Katowice, what to visit, architecture, nikiszowiec, giszowiec


Katowice, what to visit, architecture, nikiszowiec, giszowiec


Katowice, what to visit, architecture, nikiszowiec, giszowiec


Katowice, what to visit, architecture, nikiszowiec, giszowiec


Katowice, what to visit, architecture, nikiszowiec, giszowiec


Giszowiec

The second of the coal miners' settlements.


Katowice, what to visit, architecture, nikiszowiec, giszowiec

My trip also included visiting a closed coal mine in Zabrze, Guido. It was a wonderful experience to descend 300 meters (!) underground and explore the tunnels. Underneath there's a modern suspended cable car and the ride gave me a lot of fun :)


coal mine Guido, Zabrze


coal mine Guido, Zabrze
Look! not at me, at the horse!!! It's how they were transported to work underground. They usually spent there the rest of their life and got...blinded because of the obscurity (they just didn't need they sight anymore).


coal mine Guido, Zabrze


coal mine Guido, Zabrze
the cable car! :)


Contemporary Bolko Loft in Bytomiu by an architect Przemysław Łukasik who lives there with his wife. 


Bolko Loft, Bytom, architecture


Bolko Loft, Bytom, architecture


Bolko Loft, Bytom, architecture


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2 comments:

  1. I can not wait to meet Poland!!!!
    My uncle is from Lublin and I know some polish cuisine hmm

    Saludos!!!

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    1. If you ever do, don't hesitate to contact me, I can help you with organising you visit :) Saludos!

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