Katowice

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.

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2 thoughts on “Katowice”

  1. Yep, Katowice has changed an incredible amount. I lived there 2006/8 and go back every year. Massive change. A little sad to see the crappy train station replaced with a shiny shopping mall filled with McDonald’s and Starbucks. I wonder what happened to the people who sold the slippers and the obwarzanki?

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    1. To be honest I didn’t like the crappy railway station too much. I’m not a big fan of the shiny shopping mall either, but at least the station is now clean and being looked after. I was really hoping that they would renovate the historic train station at Dworcowa street and use it again. Unfortunately that didn’t happen.
      I guess that slippers and obwarzanki are sold around the market square now.

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