“Maciej” Shaft is a complex of buildings of the former hard coal mine Concordia (later “Pstrowski”) situated in the district of Zabrze - Maciejów. The name of the shaft derives from the name of Maciej Wilczek, the owner of Zabrze estates. The history of these buildings from the beginning of the 20th century should finish along with the exhaustion of hard coal deposits in this area, fortunately, the new owner - Mining Company DEMEX Sp. z o.o., transformed the shaft into a deep well and the premises, buildings, structures, devices and equipment related to the site are available for tourists, constituting a part of the Industrial Monuments Route. At present, tourist can visit: the building with the operating double drum powered winding machine, building of the shaft top, the hoist tower and the shaft with a deep-water intake. In the “Maciej” Shaft, inside the adapted buildings as well as in the field and on the site we can see original machines which used to work for the purposes of the mine - learn about their construction and application.
When the weather is good, from the viewing platform at the rope pulleys on the hoist tower a broad panorama of the area of Zabrze and Gliwice stretches. From the highest point of the site you can go down to the dark cellars of engine rooms, where you can stand face to face with the emerging elements of the mechanical and electrical system of the winding machine drive. Each of them is a masterpiece of technology on its own, and all together they create a unique atmosphere of communing with the forces of nature which were mastered by human technical thought. You can also see the inside of the ventilating duct - this way, when the mine was in operation, milliards of cubic meters of “used” air were exhausted into the atmosphere. On one of the steel posts of the hoist tower there is a trace of history from the last war - indentations from projectiles after firing the tower. “Maciej” Shaft is famous in the area for the fact that it supplies the “spring” of drinking water. People who use it claim that its taste is much better than of the water in the taps - you can find it by yourself - a “spring” tap is located outside the building, anyone can take water from there and freely enjoy its taste, providing that you are patient enough to stand in the queue, as the water is very popular not only among residents of Zabrze. While leaving the site you should also touch the original horse shoe (found during revitalization works of the main scales building) ... and say your wish ...
Zwiedzanie: w każdy czwartek od 10 00 do 17 00, ponadto w każdym innym terminie po uzgodnieniu: tel. 32 271-24-49. W każdy czwartek o godz. 12.00 pokaz pracy maszyny wyciągowej.