Category: Cultural Heritage
Artistic Casting Department

At the end of the 18th century in Gliwice, in the area of today’s Robotnicza St. ironworks were established, which together with the production plants in Sayn and Berlin were one of the three largest Prussian cast iron foundries. After 1945, within the premises of the former ironworks, Gliwice Technical Equipment Plant was established, famous for the construction of numerous monuments. The first exhibition of artistic castings from the collections of the Museum in Gliwice was created in 1919. The current one, in the new place and arrangement, presents artistic castings, mostly 19th-century products of the Royal Cast Iron Foundry as well as 20th-century garden and sepulchral sculptures, busts, medals, plaques, architectural elements and details as well as small decorative items of various types called cast iron articles.

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The Royal Cast Iron Foundry was established 214 years ago in Gliwice. It was the first foundry in our part of Europe based on new technology of firing metallurgical furnace with coke. Currently, products of the foundry are presented in the Artistic Casting Department of the Museum in Gliwice. The elaborate and precisely made cast-iron jewellery deserves particular attention. It used to be very popular, which two events contributed to. The first one was the death of the Prussian Queen Louise, the wife of Friedrich Wilhelm III. At that time Prussia was in mourning - women started wearing with their black dresses cast iron crosses with a fixed image of the queen. Shortly afterwards, an action propagating giving jewels for the war fund was started - in return, citizens of the Prussian country received cast iron plaques or signet rings.

street Bojkowska 37
44-100 Gliwice
Silesia, Upper Silesian Agglomeration
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For decades, winding towers were distinctive features of the landscape of many Silesian towns and cities. But at the end of the last century the mines started to be closed down and their buildings - often historical – tore down. An interesting example of adaptation of the erstwhile mine for new purposes are the engine and pithead rooms of the former Coal Mine "Gliwice", which became part of an ambitious project "New Gliwice".
The Gliwice Aero Club was founded in 1955 as a branch of the Aero Club of Silesia in Katowice, but after a year it became fully independent. Currently, There are sections: aircraft, glider, parachute and model making sections, whose members can boast national and international successes. The pilots from Gliwice use the airfield in Trynek, (a district of Gliwice), whose tradition dates back to 1916. On June 17, 1999, the helicopter carrying Pope John Paul II landed on the airfield.
The Metallurgical Cemetery at Robotnicza Street is one of the oldest graveyards in Gliwice. It was founded by the management board of the Royal Iron Foundry in the early nineteenth century. It is the final resting place of mill workers - masters, engineers and designers of art castings and residents of the district. John Baildon and Theodore Kalide are buried here. The cemetery was vandalized after the Second World War.
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A campus extends to the east of the old city of Gliwice, where most of the university buildings of the oldest technical higher school – the Silesian University of Technology stand. Tourists should visit this place, because there are a lot of historic buildings worth attention. For instance, at the corner of Wrocławska and Strzody Streets there is an interesting building of the Faculty of Architecture of the Silesian University of Technology, originally built (at the end of the nineteenth century) as one of the first hotels in the city.
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