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Sunday, 4 October 2015

The old Power Station in Bytom

5th October 2015
This power station is located anbput 2 km from my house. It looks really big and so old,

House near power satation.

Infromation from Wikipedia
The power plant was completed after World War I, and started operations in 1920, providing electricity for Bytom region (then part of Germany). The structure, originally intended to be an explosives factory, covers approximately 36,000 square metres (390,000 sq ft). It was originally operated by Schaffgotsch Bergwerksgesellschaft GmbH (a German company of the Schaffgotsch family). The structure was designed by German architects Georg and Emil Zillmann, known in Silesia as architects of the Nikiszowiecand Giszowiec districts in nearby Katowice. Notable features of the design included a large hall (2,800 square metres (30,000 sq ft)), three 120-metre (390 ft) chimneys, and a clock tower with a clock, one of the largest turret clocks in Poland.
By World War II the plant had a capacity of 100 MW. Quickly rebuilt after the war, and operating at a similar capacity in the 1950s, the Szombierki Power Plant was one of the largest in the People's Republic of Poland and Europe.
In the 1970s, the power plant was converted from a thermal power station to a combined heat and power plant. It was modernised up until the mid 1990s, and from 1993 it was owned by Zespół Elektrociepłowni Bytom S.A.] Since the late 1990s, the power plant has been operating at a significantly reduced capacity, used primarily as a reserve power plant. It is considered an industrial monument (a part of the Trail of Monuments of Engineering in the Silesian VoivodeshipSzlak Zabytków Techniki Województwa Śląskiego). During a 2009 vote organized by mmsilesia.plTVS and supported by the officials of the Silesian Voivodeship, it was voted as one of the "Seven Architectural Wonders of the Silesian Voivodeship".[As of 2013 the structure has been officially classified as a monument by the government of Poland.[ Since the mid-1990s, it has been a host site to a number of cultural events (such as concerts or exhibitions) until 2011, when it was acquired by Finnish company Fortum and closed due to concerns over structure stability. Parts of the structure are still open for small guided tours.
There are plans to convert it into a museum or a similar type of a cultural institutio


  1. Very interesting part of Polish history.
    I hope that it can be converted to a museum for further generations to appreciate.

    Now as you are back teaching and you do blogs and comment on the few that I look at and make comments - 10 of interest and informative, I believe - but I do click onto other comments on these blogs and lo and behold your name with a comment appears.
    Begs the question - when do you sleep????

    1. Colin I think I am well organized person . I usually go to bed at 11 p.m. till 6 a.m. i am very active person in all fields of my life.

  2. It appears to have plenty of its original grime on its exterior, which in my opinion is not a bad thing.

  3. It looks aged. Interesting post.

  4. It looks very grand even though it is old. I hope it will be converted into something useful and the building preserved.

    1. In my point of view it should be converted in the musueum.

  5. I do hope they convert this to a museum or something. There is history to be preserved there, for sure.

  6. Such a big building - I hope it can be used again for something!