Category: Cultural Heritage

Nikiszowiec Settlement

The beginnings of Nikiszowiec are closely related to the “Giesche” mine, which in the years 1903–1904, in the field “Reserve”, commenced the construction of two new shafts “Carmer” (currently “Pułaski”) and “Nickisch (currently “Poniatowski”) in order to mine new coal beds. To attract new staff, it was necessary to provide them with a proper place of residence. The colony was built in 1908–1915. It comprises 9 compact building quarters connected by means of characteristic batten plates and the parish church of St. Ann from 1927. The settlement is the background of many films on Upper Silesia. The site is entered on the list of Monuments of History.

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Nikiszowiec settlement in Katowice was established 102 years ago. It was designed by Emil and George Zillmann. According to the standards of those times, it offered an extremely high standard of life. Nevertheless, there were no bathrooms in flats, as due to the poor knowledge regarding ventilation in the building industry, constructors wanted to avoid moisture in rooms. However, there was a very modern wash-house with a mangle house and a bath. The full cleaning cycle in the mangle house lasted 3 hours. Special electric boilers were used for washing, while drying was performed in cupboards with the hot air blow. The entire cycle was completed with mangling, with the application of mangles equipped with electric drive.

street Rymarska 4
40-425 Katowice
Upper Silesian Agglomeration, Silesia
in the city/town
Contact data
: +48 32 255 14 80
General Information
: 20 min.
: 120 min.
: working-class settlements, historic buildings/urban arrangement, technology monuments
Prices & amenities
: admission free
: cafe, guide , accommodation base, gastronomy, shop with souvenirs, sprzedaż wydawnictw
: audio guide , access for wheelchairs, photos/filming allowed, car park, bus parking station, we accept card payments, audio guide
: whole year

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Zapraszamy na audiowycieczkę po Nikiszowcu!
We invite you to an audio tour of Katowice.
Zapraszamy na audiowycieczkę po Katowicach!
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Dział Etnologii Miasta mieści się w gmachu dawnej pralni, magla oraz łaźni, stanowiącym integralną część zabytkowego osiedla robotniczego Nikiszowiec w Katowicach. Na ekspozycjach zobaczyć można wnętrza typowego mieszkania górniczego na Nikiszowcu oraz prześledzić cykl prania, maglowania i suszenia stosowany 100 lat temu.
The Coal Mine "Wieczorek" in Nikiszowiec, a district of Katowice is one of the longest operating mine in Upper Silesia. Coal mining in Janów began in the late eighteenth century. The origins of the mine "Wieczorek" date back to the first decades of the nineteenth century. For a long time, the mine operated under the name "Giesche", and after WW2, it received its current name. It is worthwhile to see the shaft "Pulaski", at which we can see an impressive pithead building designed by the Zillman brothers.
"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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