During my last stay in Silesia, in addition to Katowice (more on this later), I visited a few more cities in the Silesian conglomeration. These cities, although for some dirty, gray and not very interesting in spite of me seemed extremely interesting. You can see in their reflections a difficult and twisting history. Maybe for you, me, but for our grandparents, Silesia was an opportunity for a new life thanks to dynamically developing industrial centers. I have visited a lot and I will write about Zabrze.
Zabrze will go to the first fire because it seemed to me the most interesting. I came to Zabrze in the late afternoon, I took my first steps to the mine shaft of Guido. This time I did not go down to the dark underground, I just admired the shaft top. Once she was on an underground tourist route and, to be honest, she did not make a staggering impression on me. Just a stone tunnel and some history. It is worth mentioning that the mine has the lowest pub in Europe, but it is attractions for a little older.
The next point that I visited was the church of St. Joseph. A powerful, brick geometric solid with an indentation for the portal and windows. The whole was erected by the German architect Dominikus Böhm. The architect is known for many references in his buildings and interesting measure aimed at creating an amazing atmosphere inside.
The interior is illuminated by large windows, monumentality and patience, and apparent austerity are the features that we can outline the description of this church. The church sets in a unique atmosphere, you have to convince yourself about it. The easiest way to say is: AMAZING.
Vis-a-vis to the church you can see the stadium in Zabrze and a bit further there is a small and very nice botanical garden. (Even a few years ago I bought there cactuses that still stand on the windowsill). A lot of interesting discounts and flower arrangements. There is also a pond with ducks.
The town’s axis is Goethe’s street (here we will definitely come by our bus), hence it is just a piece to the small market and the main center. Streets well cared for. At six o’clock, there was almost no one in the streets. Only a kebab and a pizzeria were open.
One of my ABSOLUTE favorites, all around Silesia, is a Jewish old cemetery. It is difficult to get here because it is Zabrze outskirts. The cemetery is located in such a little suspicious district. When I was walking down the street, you (in a state of high) said that if I did not go away then he would take my camera.
A few meters from the cemetery stand unique steel houses. They were created as an experiment that eventually did not work. The undoubted advantage is the speed of construction and the disadvantage of the flexibility of steel during a fire, the lack of damping and blocking the cellular signal. There were many more such houses, but they were demolished and only here you can see the originals.
But about the cemetery. In spite of trying hard, I did not find a normal entrance and jumped over the stone wall. Going to an early afternoon cemetery is a very good idea. Then the low set sun rays gently glide through the coils of ivy.
Ivy is overgrown with trunks of old trees shading this place. Virtually every matzevah sinks into the green strangler’s embrace. The whole is crossed by very narrow paths. At the cemetery you can feel a really amazing atmosphere. Of course I was completely alone there. There are many really beautiful stone tombstones of rich people from the past in the cemetery.
This was my last point, so I know that Zabrze is more interesting places, but maybe another time. I did not have time now. Below is a link to the vlog. Read more posts.