Katowice has changed a lot since I left it 10 years ago. A few weeks ago I was visiting my parents and had a chance to walk around the Katowicka Strefa Kultury (Katowice Culture District) for the first time.
The coal mine “Ferdinand”, later renamed to “Katowice”, was opened by Stanislaw Mieroszewski in 1823. There were 10 mine shafts in it, the biggest one enabled the miners to go 630 meters under the ground. The mine was closed at the end of the 20th century and has been recently converted into Katowicka Strefa Kultury. Now the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice has its seat there and the Silesian Museum will be moved there shortly.