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Industrie-expedition/Ostrava/Mine “Michael”

 

History of Mine “Michael” dates back in 1843 when the Austrian began excavating in Michalkowice near Ostrava two mine shafts.
One of them was Michalkowice Shaft No. 3, was given the name “Michael” in honor ofthe late emperor’s court adviser Michael Laier. It represents an extremely valuable, authentic group from the construction industry and technology. Mine was rebuilt in 1915, designed by renowned architect František Fialy.

The object enters a unique group of electric hoists and compressors from the beginning of electrification,  baths mining, transport of the tippler bridges, , mining extraction buildings with mining cages. The tour will take you to the same path thatevery day the miners climbed in the early changes. The exhibition has the character of”the last day of work.. Extraction of Mine “Michael” was completed in 1994
Currently, mine is a national cultural monument, and there is a chance for her in theclassification of monuments that are part of UNESCO World Heritage Site. In areas of the main building often hosts exhibitions, theater performances and other cultural events.

 

Industrie-expedition/Ostrava-Vítkovice

Blast furnaces of Iron and Steel Works, Ostrava-Vítkovice, Czech Republic.
This plant has been declared an Industrial Heritage Site by the Ministry of Culture and is a unique example of industrial architecture from the first half of the 19th century.
It was founded in 1828 by governor and archbishop of Olomouc, Jan Rudolf, who at the instigation of one of the professors of Vienna decided to build the first puddling furnace, used for refining pig iron.
Also launched the first coke-burning stove in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
This fact was reflected in the lives of the inhabitants live and became a new chapter for the village Vitkovice. Built new housing for workers not only from the surrounding area, but also from more distant areas, such as from Germany.
“Ironworks of Rudolf” was gradually expanded the coke ovens and ore mines and coal mines.
In 1843 the plant was the owner of Salomon Mayer of the house Rothschild. With the aid of knowledge of European experts in the field of metallurgy, grew up in Vítkovice one of the most modern plants in this period in Europe.
The first blast furnace began production in 1836, and the Hlubina coal mine was opened in 1843.
This continued uninterrupted until 1998. Today has been opened to the public.

Thank you Maciek and Remik for the invitation to this trip!:)