Category: Cultural Heritage

The VI Secondary Comprehensive School in Katowice Szopienice

The Sixth Secondary Comprehensive School in Katowice Szopienice is one of the best high schools in the city. Its distinctive brick building stands at the intersection of Lwowska Street and Powstańców Śląskich Square (Silesian Insurgents’ Square). The building was erected in 1904 as a school for girls, which is obvious from the reliefs on the facade. In 1921, the High Command of the Third Silesian Uprising was stationed here. The secondary school was established here in 1947.

street Lwowska 2
40-389 Katowice
Upper Silesian Agglomeration
in the city/town
Contact data
: 32 256-81-80
General Information
: architectural monuments
Prices & amenities
: admission free
: whole year
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The Church of Saint Hedwig in Katowice Szopienice was built in the 80s of the nineteenth century. It replaced an older and smaller shrine, which had served the faith only for 20 years. Earlier, the residents of Szopienice and of neighboring Roździeń used the parish church in Mysłowice. The new parish church is a neo-Gothic building. The monument was The nearby Chapel of Gethsemane is also registered as a monument. It was erected at the beginning of the twentieth century.
The brothers Mokrscy built a brewery in Szopienice in the second half of the nineteenth century. They produced beer and malt until the First World War, and later brewery buildings served rather as storage functions. In 1991, the buildings of the old brewery were bought by Johannes Bros, an entrepreneur who performed a thorough revitalization of the historic brick buildings - typical examples of nineteenth-century industrial architecture. Today, the Factory Center operates in the brewery.
Szopienice, which is now part of Katowice, is an old village, already mentioned in 1360, and probably founded at the end of the thirteenth century. It was destroyed in 1430, during the Hussite wars. The village was abandoned for almost for a half century. In the middle of the sixteenth century, the neighboring village of Roździen became a Protestant center, with its own chapel. After several centuries, the village was absorbed by Szopienice. The present church was built in the Gothic style at the turn of the nineteenth and early twentieth century.
To the east of the district of Szopienice, in the city center of Katowice, there are meager remnants of the once powerful Uthemann zinc smelter. This plant was already put into operation in the 1830s. In the first decades of the next century, it was expanded. Of the once monumental facilities the characteristic building housing management offices with a clock tower and a water tower has been preserved. Near the old smelter we can also see a zinc rolling mill hall with some old equipment.
Walcownia Cynku w Katowicach - Szopienicach to poprzemysłowy zabytek, unikalny budynek na skalę światową, wpisany w industrialne dziedzictwo regionu, który realnie wpłynął na rozwój Śląska. Jest jednym z pomników historii potężnego przemysłu hutniczego dającego przecież nie tak dawno pracę i utrzymanie dla wielu pokoleń Katowic.
"The largest private art gallery in Poland is situated in Janów, a district east of the city center of Katowice. It is located in the pithead building and the bathroom at the shaft ""Wilson"" in the Coal Mine ""Wieczorek"". The gallery boasts of an exhibition area of nearly 2500 square meters! Monica Paca and Johannes opened the gallery, by inviting a group of artists, musicians, actors and other artists, and lovers of contemporary art. The gallery is located on the Industrial Monuments Route of the Silesian voivodeship. "
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