Category: Cultural Heritage

The Dietl Palace in Sosnowiec

The palace of Dietl in Sosnowiec is one of the most beautiful residential buildings not only in Zagłębie Dąbrowskie, but also in whole Silesia. The palace was erected by Heinrich Dietl at the end of the nineteenth century. Heinrich Dietl was a German entrepreneur, who launched in Sosnowiec the first worsted spinning mill in the Polish Kingdom. The palace was built in the neo-Baroque style. It impresses with its magnificent interior design.

street Żeromskiego 2
41-205 Sosnowiec
Upper Silesian Agglomeration
in the city/town
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: castles/palaces/manors
Prices & amenities
: admission free
: whole year
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The first believers gathered in the Lutheran Church in Sosnowiec Pogoń in 1880. Interestingly, one of the factory halls of the spinning mill, which belonged to Heinrich Dietel, a Protestant and a German entrepreneur was religious purposes. After a few years, a relatively short tower was added to the church. The result is an Eclectic building with some Baroque features.
The indoor swimming pool in Żeromskiego Street in Sosnowiec belongs to the favorite places of recreation in this large, industrial city. Although the swimming pool was put to use in the 1960s, it underwent a thorough modernization in the 2000s. At present, we can swim in the 25-meter-long swimming pool, or build muscles in the gym. Children can also attend corrective gymnastics classes.
This monument is known in the city as the old Realschule. Initially, the building housed the Realschule, and later it was home to the Stanisław Staszic Secondary School. It is a three-storey building in the Neo-Renaissance style, referring to the Italian models. The Realschule located here in October 1898, was the first secondary school in Zagłębie Dąbrowskie. It later housed a prestigious junior high school, which was converted, at some point, into the Stanislaw Staszic secondary school. The school prides itself on a high level of education.
Sosnowiec is a young city. It was granted city rights in 1902. Yet, there are medieval monuments within the city. The oldest monument of the city is undoubtedly the castle in the central district of Sielec. Part of its walls may be dated even to the fifteenth century. Currently, it is a stone building on a horseshoe plan, with three not very tall towers. It houses the Sosnowiec Art Center- the Sielec Castle.
The church of Saint Thomas the Apostle in Sosnowiec Pogoń is a fine, typical neo-Gothic building, with recently added modern, stylized towers. However, the church has an unusual history. The building was started in 1905, but, unfortunately, after a few years, the funds ran out and the faith were given the without towers, but only with their lower parts. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the investment was completed. The illuminated towers are now the pride of the shrine.
Jan Kiepura, a world famous Polish singer, called „a lad from Sosnowiec ", was born on May 16, 1902 in Pogoń, a village which soon became part of Sosnowiec. Due to a happy coincidence, his family home at 6 Majowa Street. Fans of the artist's talent placed a small memorial plaque with his image on the façade of the house.
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