Category: Cultural Heritage

The Blast Furnace Charging Tower in Poręba

The blast furnace charging tower or the socalled "Gichta” was used formerly to transport blast furnace charge for melting the ore. It was built from limestone slabs in 1798. An inscription, which was cast from molten iron in the first foundry and which bears the date of its construction has survived to our times. Some remains of the wall have also been preserved to this day. The tower is located at Fabryczna Street. The monument was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
Kraków-Częstochowa Jura, Dąbrowa Basin
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Poręba is a town with the population of almost nine thousand people. The town is situated between Siewierz and Zawiercie. In Poręba, we can see some interesting objects - both related to material culture, as well as being natural monuments. One of the landmarks of Poręba is an oak tree, which is over 720 years old. The circumference of its trunk is 660 cm. It is one of the oldest trees in Silesia.
The Porębski Forest occupies nearly 750 hectares. It is a special, protected area of natural habitats, created as part of the Natura 2000 Network. It extends south from the town of Poręba, which to the east adjoins the industrial city of Zawiercie. Here, the varied terrain of wetlands dotted with small stream valleys or cavities caused by extraction is covered with deciduous and coniferous forests. The forest is, inter alia, home to a rare species of flowering plant - Hacquetia epipactis. Rare birds, such as cranes, several species of woodpeckers and flycatchers nest here.
Specjalnie dla naszych Gości będących miłośnikami "białego szaleństwa" przygotowaliśmy Stok Narciarski o długości 120 metrów i średniej szerokości 50 metrów. Nachylenie stoku wynosi 10-12% i kończy się "wypłaszczeniem" 1000 m2.
The miraculous image of Our Lady of the Rosary is venerated in the sanctuary in Mrzygłód (once a town city, now a district of Myszków). It was brought here by the Dominicans from Kraków in the middle of the seventeenth century, and placed in the newly erected parish church in the years 1644 to 1653. The sanctuary was built in the Renaissance and Baroque styles. In the Baroque interior there are beautiful, richly decorated altars.
The train station in Zawiercie is the oldest building connected with the collective transport in this city. It was built on along the Warsaw–Vienna railway. The first, wooden station building was erected here in 1872. The brick building was put up in less than twenty years later, in 1890, but it was much smaller than the present building. The latter was built in the years 1910-1913, and it was intended to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the reign of the Romanov dynasty in Russia.
The Minor Basilica of St Peter and St Paul the Apostles in Zawiercie is a neo-Gothic, brick building, which was erected in 1896-1903. In 1904, a statue of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception was set up in front of the church. In 1992, the church was raised by Bishop Stanisłąw Nowak to the rank of a collegiate. Since 2009, the church has been a minor basilica. In 1990s, a statue of John Paul II was unveiled on the square in front of the basilica.
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