Category: Cultural Heritage

The Tower of the "Waleska" Steel Plant in Pałowice

A few miles north of the center of Żory we can encounter a brick tower of the steel plant “Waleska”. It is located within the protected area of the Landscape Park of the Cistercian Landscape Compositions of Rudy Wielkie. This brick tower was once used to pull manually a significant amount of raw materials up to a considerable height in order to charge the adjacent blast furnace with them. The plant operated here in the first half of the nineteenth century, and its name derives from the daughter of the owner - Franz Winckler.

44-246 Palowice
Rybnicko-Raciborski Region
by the water, in the forest, in the country
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The Palowice Lake District is a popular name of the charming corner of Upper Silesia, just north of Żory, in the National Park "Cistercian Landscape Compositions of Rudy Wielkie". Pine forests reflect themselves on the surface of numerous breeding ponds, which were created many years ago in the Jesionka valley, a right tributary of the Ruda. The place is full of protected plants and animals and it is accessible to tourists thanks to many walking, Cycling and skiing trails.
Palowice is a village lying in the district of Rybnik, in the commune of CzerwionkaLeszczyny. There are a few monuments including the ruins of the steel mill “Waleska”, a neo-Classicist mansion, an old distillery and remains of the historic park at the beginning of the nineteenth century. The Palowice manor house, built by the family of Winckler Tiele between 1860 and 1880, is located on a small hill near the center of the village, and is commonly called, with great exaggeration, the castle.
One of the most popular places of recreation for residents of the historic town of Żory is the Piaskownia Park. It extends north from the city center, in the district of Kleszczówka. In the beautiful forest there is the Centre of Ecological Education, whose one part is an educational trail dedicated natural habitats. A collection of rocks and minerals has been amassed and a fitness trail laid out as well.
Palowice is an old village situated in the district of Rybnik. It was for the first time mentioned in a document of Duke of Racibórz as early as 1308. Centuries ago, an important trade route to Moravia ran through the village. An interesting monument lying on the Wooden Architecture Trail of the Silesia province is the Church of Holy Trinity. This sanctuary comes from the village of Leszczyny, from where it was brought to Palowicein 1981.
The building known as the little palace or manor house in Woszczyce is one of the most beautiful buildings of the village. The origins of the manor house are connected with a wooden structure, which was built by the Woszczycki family. The manor house was devastated during the seventeenth-century Thirty Years War, and later after by the communist regime. In the 90s of the last the situation changed for better. Currently, the renovated manor houses a hotel and a restaurant called "Szczepańskis’ Manor."
For some time, you have been able to feel in Żory as if you were in the Wild West, because the western-like theme park „Twinpigs" was created in the town. It is a unique place in the province of Silesia, embedded in a wild west atmosphere. It's not just a cowboy town, but first of all, a family amusement park with many attractions provided for the broad audience. This is the place where favorable conditions are created for leisure activities and fun throughout the year.
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