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The Industrial Monuments Route
June 11, 2008   
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The Industrial Monuments Route is one of Silesia province's sightseeing attractions. The route features 31 selected sites of unique historical value.

The region of Silesia in southern Poland comprises the country's largest cluster of historical industrial sites that testify to Silesia's wealth as an industrial region. Their uniqueness and authenticity make them an integral part of Europe's cultural heritage.

Historically, Silesia developed as a result of industrialization that began in the 18th century, with smelting furnaces, mine shafts and power plant chimneys becoming permanent fixtures in the landscape. Reminders of those not-so-distant times include facilities linked to mining, metallurgy, power engineering, food processing, railroads, communications and water supply.

The Industrial Monuments Route has been designed to highlight the facilities' attractiveness as tourist sites. Tours of the individual sites reveal unique machines and equipment that are gems of technology. One of the aims of the route was to use excursions and multimedia presentations as well as various events organized at particular sites as a means of personally experiencing the industrial tradition of Silesia.

The most fascinating sites of the Industrial Monuments Route include the Tychy Brewing Museum; the Brewery and the Brewing Museum in Żywiec; the Bread Museum in Radzionków; the Guido Historical Coal Mine in Zabrze; the Match Production Museum in Częstochowa; the Nikiszowiec Workers' Housing Estate in Katowice; and the Królowa Luiza Open-Air Mining Museum in Zabrze, where you will find a working steam engine from 1915.

Each facility is marked with a plaque containing information about the site in three languages plus practical tips for tourists. Silesia province has put up a total of 305 special brown-and-white road signs informing travelers how to get to the 31 historical sites. For more information, visit the website www.gosilesia.pl
The Industrial Monuments Route is one of the main trademark tourist products offered by Silesia province that has found a permanent place on the tourist maps of both Poland and all of Europe.

Ewa Lipa
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