daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > Photo Forums > Urban Showcase

Urban Showcase Show your selfmade photos



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old June 22nd, 2009, 04:46 AM   #1
slonychips
BANNED
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: B*tch please... I'm from Katowice!
Posts: 1,311
Likes (Received): 1

Katowice - center of the biggest Polish agglomeration

Hi everyone

I would like to introduce you my home city Katowice, first maybe some handy infos about my (like i guess) not well known city

Katowice the capital of Silesian Voivodeship (Czech: Katovice, German: Kattowitz) is a city in Silesia, southern Poland, on the Kłodnica and Rawa rivers (tributaries of the Oder and the Vistula). Katowice is located in the Silesian Highlands, large center of science, culture, industry, business and transportation.


Population (2008)
- City 312,201
- Density 1,895.9/km2 (4,910.4/sq mi)
- Urban 2,746,000
- Silesian Voivodeship 4,676,983


The area around Katowice in Upper Silesia has been inhabited by ethnic Silesians from its earliest documented history. It was first ruled by the Polish Silesian Piast dynasty (until its extinction). From 1335 it was a part of the Crown of Bohemia. In 1526 the territory passed to the Austrian Habsburg Monarchy after the death of King Louis II of Hungary and Bohemia. In 1742 most of Silesia was annexed from Austria by the Kingdom of Prussia during the First Silesian War.

Katowice was founded in the 19th century and gained city status in 1865 as Kattowitz in the Prussian Province of Silesia. The city flourished due to large mineral (especially coal) deposits in the nearby mountains. Extensive city growth and prosperity depended on the coal mining and steel industries, which took off during the Industrial Revolution. Kattowitz was inhabited mainly by Germans, Silesians, Jews and Poles. Previously part of the Beuthen district, in 1873 it became the capital of the new Kattowitz district. On 1 April 1899, the city of Kattowitz was separated from the district, becoming an independent city.

According to the Treaty of Versailles after World War I the Upper Silesia plebiscite was organised by the League of Nations. While in the city of Katowice the plebiscite resulted 22,774 votes to remain in Germany and 3,900 votes for Poland[8] in the voting district of Katowice overall (combined with rural areas near the city and castle area) they were 66119 votes for Poland and 52992 for Germany[9] and following the Silesian Uprisings (1918-21) Katowice became part of the Second Polish Republic with a certain level of autonomy (Silesian Parliament as a constituency and Silesian Voivodeship Council as the executive body).

The city was occupied by Nazi Germany between 1939-1945.

In 1953 the city was renamed Stalinogród ("Stalin City") by the Polish communist government. However, the new name was never accepted by the city's population and in 1956 the former name of 'Katowice' was restored.


here we go

St. Mary's Catholic Church like you see under renovation



tenement-house on Damrota street



Marshal office with monument of Jozef Pilsudski (sculpture made by Antun Augustinčić)



Silesian Parliment







headquater of mining corporation "Kompania Węglowa"





Katowice arch-see, 3th biggest church in Poland



street life and a few tenement-house's













court

slonychips no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old June 22nd, 2009, 10:47 AM   #2
rychlik
BANNED
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 6,809
Likes (Received): 6603

Is there a lot of renovation going on in Katowice?
rychlik no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 22nd, 2009, 11:05 AM   #3
Kac_r
paramedic
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 37
Likes (Received): 0

looks very nice. i`ve never been in katowice but i have to visit that city now. ;]
Kac_r no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 22nd, 2009, 01:38 PM   #4
slonychips
BANNED
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: B*tch please... I'm from Katowice!
Posts: 1,311
Likes (Received): 1



Quote:
Originally Posted by rychlik View Post
Is there a lot of renovation going on in Katowice?
not as many as it should be

altus highrise and spodek arena



roundabout of art with art gallery and club , all above tunnel of city highway ,quite cool place



ING Bank Slaski headquater and Chorzowska 50 office building





just renovated commie building







freedom square





court again
[IMG]
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v499/koniaczeq/100_3506.jpg[/IMG]



functionalistic church from 1933



[IMG][/IMG]



kosciuszki street





one of buildings of Silesian Library





bishop's palace


Last edited by slonychips; June 22nd, 2009 at 01:44 PM.
slonychips no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 22nd, 2009, 05:45 PM   #5
edubejar
Registered User
 
edubejar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 1,375
Likes (Received): 30

Very nice city. Is its agglomeration bigger than Warsaw's?
edubejar no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 22nd, 2009, 09:54 PM   #6
Misiek
Call me grizzly ;)
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Here and there
Posts: 1,392
Likes (Received): 157

Quote:
Originally Posted by edubejar View Post
Very nice city. Is its agglomeration bigger than Warsaw's?
Upper Silesian Metropolitan Region has about 2mln inhabitants, whereas Silesian Metropolitan Area has more than 5.2 mln people
Misiek no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 22nd, 2009, 10:07 PM   #7
Benonie
Bike It!
 
Benonie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 21,055
Likes (Received): 19743

Great pics and nice thread. Keep them coming!
Isn't Katowice and its surroundings an old industrial area?
Benonie no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 22nd, 2009, 11:46 PM   #8
slonychips
BANNED
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: B*tch please... I'm from Katowice!
Posts: 1,311
Likes (Received): 1

sooo im posting

st John Street



Warsaw's street









National Bank







slonychips no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 23rd, 2009, 02:33 AM   #9
Camilo_Costa
I♥CWB
 
Camilo_Costa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Curitiba
Posts: 8,064
Likes (Received): 7622

Wow! What a beautiful city!
Camilo_Costa está en línea ahora   Reply With Quote
Old June 23rd, 2009, 07:44 AM   #10
rychlik
BANNED
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 6,809
Likes (Received): 6603

The new train station looks amazing!!!! Will this be built for sure?
rychlik no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 23rd, 2009, 12:01 PM   #11
Benonie
Bike It!
 
Benonie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 21,055
Likes (Received): 19743

Nice 'belle epoque' architecture !
Benonie no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 23rd, 2009, 12:34 PM   #12
Misiek
Call me grizzly ;)
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Here and there
Posts: 1,392
Likes (Received): 157

Quote:
Originally Posted by Benonie View Post
Isn't Katowice and its surroundings an old industrial area?
Yes, it is. It is/was mainly associated with coal mines and steelworks, but now the image of Silesia is being changed into industrial tourism spot and they're doing quite well. Upper Silesia is a former coal mining region in which coal extraction was significantly reduced in the past few years due to many reasons (economical and environmental).
Misiek no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 23rd, 2009, 02:42 PM   #13
Ni3lS
Moderator
 
Ni3lS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Stuttgart
Posts: 16,467
Likes (Received): 3441

Great pics of Katowice Love the commieblock pics. Great mix of old and new
__________________
MY SHOWCASE
FLICKR / MY TRAVELS:
[2016] > Norway, Valencia, Arvidsjaur, Innsbruck, Moselvalley, Geneva, Lisbon, Basel, Vosges, Munich, Trieste, Barcelona, Nürburgring, Frankfurt, Spa, Berlin, Wuppertal, Dortmund, Como, Monaco, Saint-Tropez, Tegernsee, Hamburg, Lübeck, Madrid, Stuttgart, Faro, Hochgurgl
[2017] > Düsseldorf, Mallorca, Geneva, Annecy, Montafon, Vorarlberg, Barcelona, Zürich, Crete, Lisbon, Cascais, Málaga, Ronda, Dolomiti, Sistiana, Kitzbühel
Ni3lS no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 23rd, 2009, 04:03 PM   #14
pixel2008
since 2008
 
pixel2008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Euroland
Posts: 651
Likes (Received): 0

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ni3lS View Post
Great pics of Katowice Love the commieblock pics. Great mix of old and new
That commieblock looks really nice.
pixel2008 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 23rd, 2009, 07:16 PM   #15
christos-greece
Moderator!
 
christos-greece's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 176,508
Likes (Received): 244319

I really like Katowice photos, building's architecture style is really great in city...
__________________
Urban Showcase: Athens Kalamata Trikala Thessaloniki
Cityscapes: Paris Barcelona Dubai, U.A.E. Monte Carlo, Monaco
General photography: Castles of France - Chateau de France and, since May of '08: Greece!
christos-greece no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 23rd, 2009, 08:45 PM   #16
Urbanista1
Here and Now
 
Urbanista1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 7,426
Likes (Received): 5287

Very nice place, my father was born in that region around Przystajn maybe closer to Czestochowa. I plan to visit next year, but I hope they start work on their not so nice train station soon.
Urbanista1 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 23rd, 2009, 09:41 PM   #17
slonychips
BANNED
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: B*tch please... I'm from Katowice!
Posts: 1,311
Likes (Received): 1

Quote:
Originally Posted by christos-greece View Post
I really like Katowice photos, building's architecture style is really great in city...
thank you , its nice to hear that.
slonychips no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 24th, 2009, 01:49 AM   #18
slonychips
BANNED
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: B*tch please... I'm from Katowice!
Posts: 1,311
Likes (Received): 1

the oldest church in Katowice (protestant)









Medical University of Silesia, soon new library



city palace Warsaw's street



slonychips no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old June 24th, 2009, 11:55 PM   #19
WMS
BANANED BY VOLT CENTERTEL
 
WMS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Warsaw, PL
Posts: 3,871
Likes (Received): 2420

Quote:
Originally Posted by slonychips View Post
Population (2008)
- City 312,201
- Density 1,895.9/km2 (4,910.4/sq mi)
- Urban 2,746,000
- Silesian Voivodeship 4,676,983
Those data show us that it is not the biggest aglomeration in Poland.
Nie kłam
WMS está en línea ahora   Reply With Quote
Old June 25th, 2009, 12:46 AM   #20
slonychips
BANNED
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: B*tch please... I'm from Katowice!
Posts: 1,311
Likes (Received): 1

you know that in diferent sources you have diferent data , so i took from wikipedia. Its a well known fact that our aglomeration is the biggest one, few thousands doesnt make a difference..
You could say sth about photos instead of this nonsense
slonychips no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 06:03 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

tech management by Sysprosium