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  • Cultural Heritage
    Rydułtowy
    Rydułtowy is relatively small town situated in the vicinity of Rybnik and Wodzisłąw Śląski. For over 200 years it has been one of the main centres of coal mining in Upper Silesia. a the beginning of the twenty first century the local mine  ʺRydułtowy-Anna” is still operating and soon coal will be mined here from one of the deepest shafts in Europe reaching  over 1200 metres in depth. Undoubtedly, every tourist will be interested in visiting the memorial chamber housed in a historic  building of the general cargo scale. In Rydułtowy and its vicinity there are also preserved buildings of older shafts.
  • Cultural Heritage
    Czerwionka-Leszczyny
    The workers’ colony in Czerwionka (part of the commune and town of Czerwionka-Leszczyny in the Rybnik district) is one of over two hundred such colonies in Silesia. It was built in the years 1899-1916 for the workers of the Dębieńsko mine. This interesting complex consists of 98 buildings, most of which are brick family houses of very interesting architecture. The colony is considered by historians as one of the most valuable settlement, and has been entered in the register of historic monuments.
  • Cultural Heritage
    Rybnik
    The market square in Rybnik has served as the center of the city since the Middle Ages. Old, wooden buildings around the square were destroyed in many fires, so the houses that surround the market square come mainly from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Worthy of note is the Classicist town hall, decorated with a clock tower, from the 20s of the nineteenth century. It now houses, inter alia, the Rybnik Museum. A late Baroque statue of Saint John of Nepomuk stands on the market square.
  • Cultural Heritage
    Rybnik
    One of the most important industrial plants operating in Rybnik and its surrounding area was the Steel Mill “Silesia”. It was built as early as the middle of the 18th century in Paruszowiec, now a district of Rybnik, and was closed at the end of the twentieth century. At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, during the heyday of the plant, a housing estate for workers was established nearby, of which a few three-storey multi-family brick houses known as familoks have been preserved to the present-day.
  • Cultural Heritage
    Rybnik
    In Chwałowice, a southern District of Rybnik, there is a housing estate built in the years 1910-1916 for the families of miners working in the coal mine "Donnersmarckgrube" (since 1945 the Coal Mine "Chwałowice"). The housing estate in 1 Maja Street in Chwałowice consists of a typical, two-storey, multi-family brick houses with outbuildings.
  • Cultural Heritage
    Radlin
    The workers’ colony in Radlin was built at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth century for the workers of the mine “Emma” (since 1949, "Marcel"), which had been operating for many years in the town. The buildings of the colony were erected in front of the mine. There are houses of the executives of the mine, dormitories, familoks, which are houses for many families, designed for workers of the heavy industry, or public buildings. Among the designers of the colony were famous architects, William Mueller and Hans Poelzig.
  • Cultural Heritage
    Rydułtowy
    Rydultowy is one of the many towns in Upper Silesia whose history over the last 200 years has been inextricably connected with coal mining. The Coal Mine “Rydultowy” still operates in the town. Historic mine buildings including that of the scales are still present in its landscape. The lesser-known buildings are remnants of the workers’ colony “Karol”, which now consists of a few characteristic multi-family brick houses and adjacent small outbuildings.
  • Cultural Heritage
    Wodzisław Śląski
    In addition to individual and interesting historic buildings in Wodzislaw Śląski, the urban layout of the town itself is worthy of note. It is difficult to determine the exact date of the foundation of Wodzislaw Śląski, as it has not been preserved in any documents, even though it took place probably between 1246 and 1257. The central part of the urban layout of Wodzisław is of course the market square, which is actually one of the largest squares in Silesia.
  • Cultural Heritage
    Gorzyce
    Workers’ settlements with characteristic multi-family houses called “familoki” are one of the hallmarks of the Upper Silesian architecture. Interestingly, you can find them both in Katowice, the Silesian capital, in Chorzów or Gliwice, as well as in smaller towns and even in the countryside. Nearly a century old houses can be seen in the Colony “Fryderyk”, in the south of the voivodeship, just near the border with the Czech Republic,. It is true that coal was mined here for only a few years, but the houses have remained.
  • Cultural Heritage
    Pietrowice Wielkie
    Pietrowice Wielkie is a large communal village, located west of Racibórz. It distinguishes itself by an oval layout, which has been preserved to this day. The layout was already created in the time of its foundation. In the center of the village a road forks out forming a spindle-shaped square, to which strips of fields are adjacent located on its external side. In the village it is worthwhile to see farms of the Franconian type, old churches and numerous shrines and roadside crosses.