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Katowice Travel Guide
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Katowice, capital of the Silesian region of Poland, is an industrial town that owes its importance to the nearby coalmines. While the region has been settled for centuries, it was not until the Industrial Revolution that Katowice began to grow into the busy centre we see today.
The city underwent its main growth in the 19th century, when coalminers and steelworkers began developing the area’s natural resources and infrastructure such as a train line connecting Katowice and Myslowice allowed easier access for industry. Industrial development was stimulated by the events of World War I, especially because of the Katowice steelworks. Between 1919 and 1921 the Silesian population took part in three uprisings against German control. On 20th June 1922 Katowice officially became part of the Polish state, and soon afterwards the city was named capital of the Silesian Province.
Between the wars, many housing estates and monumental buildings were constructed. On 8th September 1939, the whole region of the Upper Silesia came under control of the Third Reich, but the only major buildings destroyed in Katowice in World War II were the synagogue on Mickiewicz Street and the Silesian Museum.
Katowice was liberated in 1945, and almost immediately regained its status as a centre of industry and administration. More recently, however, the city’s technical and social infrastructure fell into disrepair, and pollution and bad health became major problems due to the outdated equipment and techniques used in the many mines. Clean-up initiatives are, thankfully, under way, and the region is expected to continue its economic growth as Poland’s industrial base.
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Overall Guide : I was in Katowice only for a few hours, and what can I say- tipical industrial city. Much more I liked Lodz, where I spent 5 days, when I was on conference. I accomodated there in Reymont Hotel Hotele Wam... more Group and had a great time while I was exercising in the fitness room, and had a soothing massage. The cusine was really good, especially prazoki or sth like that:) I really liked the architecture of the old Lodz.
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