Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Three chimneys at my place

4th September 2014

The three chimneys it means Power Plant "Szombierki" which is located at my place. This building is very impressive and it is visible from every point in my city. 

The Combined Heat and Power Plant Szombierki has been an inherent component of the landscape of Bytom since it was opened on 29 November 1920. The investor and the first owner of the power plant was the German company Schaffgotsh Bergwerksgesellschaft GmbH, belonging to the Upper Silesian family line of the Schaffgotschs. The rated power of 100 MW put Szombierki among the greatest power plants in the country and in Europe.



The building was constructed in the modernist style according to the design of architects Emil and George Zillman, the authors of the designs of Giszowiec and Nikiszowiec settlements in Katowice. The construction of the CHP Plant Szombierki was commenced after the end of the World War I. According to a legend, originally, it was supposed to be an explosives factory; however, eventually the building was redesigned in order to serve as a power plant. The plant was opened on 29 November 1920. A four-sided Siemens & Halske clock was mounted on the power plant tower in 1925. It was coupled with 54 clocks operating in the plant. In the years 1939-1944 Szombierki Power Plant had the maximum output of 100 MW. 900 people worked there at that time. It could be considered then to be one of the largest power plants in Europe.


The beautiful fence around the Power Plant

Greenery next to the Power Station



The house located next to the Power Station- in the past workers lived here but now it is abandoned.



The sunset - 3rd September 2014 about 7 p.m.


What a pity but this site unavailable for tourists.


THANKS FOR VISITING


17 comments:

  1. The chimneys are impressive, we have some here in Australia like that. Pity the house is unattended, but that's the way it goes sometimes.

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    1. Yes, it was a nice house in the past.

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  2. Very interesting and I enjoyed the photos, especially the fence.

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  3. It is a big house. I wonder how many lived there? The power station is a fine building. Here we have a gas fired power station near to the city that can produce 500MW, and it is generally only used if the the power supply is short, so 100MW does not sound to be very much.

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    1. I will check it and I will write tomorrow how many people live there. I agree with you that power plant is not so powerful but it is old one and works only partly.

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  4. Very nice photo of the sunset! The abandoned house looks like a lot of the old abandoned schools around here.

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  5. In Springfield, Illinois, there are still some of these old chimneys at the power plant. I assume they are still there, as I haven't been there in a while. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You are welcome.Around the world there are chimneys.

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  6. strong-looking buildings! i love the brick fence with ivy! thanks, gosia!

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  7. Is it coal powered? Our local power is coal, hydro, and nuclear in Minnesota. More and more wind turbines are going up, too.
    I like the photos of the stacks against the sky.

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    1. It is coal power station. At my place there are more and more wind turbines. But we don't have any nuclear stations here.

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  8. Very interesting post. I agree it's too bad people can't tour the place. I really liked the shot with the stone wall and also the one with the draping ivy.

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  9. Yes you are right, I would like to see inside. Hugs from Silesia

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  10. Oh yes, very lovely shots and quite interesting!

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