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Ostrava, the City of Steel

Lucie Vojvodíková

Author: Lucie Vojvodíková,

Published: 22. 6. 2016 | Updated: 31. 3. 2020PrintSend by email

Former blast furnaces in metallurgical area of Lower Vitkovice, Ostrava Former blast furnaces in metallurgical area of Lower Vitkovice, Ostrava
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The capital of the region is the country’s third largest city Ostrava. Apart from the city zoo, there is also the World of Miniatures or the Silesian-Ostrava Castle. Moreover the city has several must-sees – from the highest city hall tower, the unique Jewish ceremonial hall, the largest natural swimming pool, the largest erratic boulders, the first pedestrian zone and many more. However the most significant are the technical sights in the Vítkovice Area.

The mining history in Ostrava goes back to 18th century. In the Vítkovice Area you can visit blast furnaces, coke-oven batteries and the mine Hlubina which were declared as objects of the National Cultural Heritage. Part of the excursion around the Vítkovice is the Small World of Technology, Science and Technology Centre, Gallery PLATO and remarkable Landek Park. The former mine at Anselm under the Landek Hill was turned into the largest mining museum in Czech Republic. There is an exhibition of mining rescue services which displays respiratory systems from 19th century. Visitors can go down the mine shaft to get an idea what the everyday work of miners looks like. Around the whole premises outside the museum a free exhibition is demonstrated. The whole museum serves as a memorial to those who died during the work.



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