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CZ: Dolni Oblast Vitkovice – Majestic Beauty of Steel – VIDEO

Published: 6.6.2017
It is called the Hradcany of Ostrava. The steelworks really look like a huge castle. At the end of the last century, iron molting operation was stopped here. However, fortunately large share of the unique industrical complex was safed for the future generations. Let's take a short trip with us to the steel heart of Ostrava.

We start at the first high furnace which is the most important part of the entire steel works. Its foundations come from the early 20th century. The last tapping took place on September 27, 1988. The furnace was put out of operation in 2011. In 2012, it was renovated and opened to the public. An additional storey with a cafe was added in 2015 t . Now, you can also see the process of iron production as well as all the important parts of the furnace including the control room and tapping area.

high furnace No 1 with the added storey    Dolní oblast Vítkovice    Dolní oblast Vítkovice

water tower and Gong hall   carriages ready to transport motled iron

A gasometer was an important part of the steelworks. It stored high furnace gas before it was used to coke coal, and to propel piston blower. Today, this entire majestic building in the shape of a cylinder is Gong, a multipurpose hall. Conferences, theaters, and concerts take place here. A tour inside is impressive. Moreover, here you can visit the best concerts of the Colours of Ostrava festival.

Gong a vodárenská věž

Opposite to Gong, there is a former energy HQ now the U6 Little World of Engineering. Behind it, in the new hall, there is another exhibition of the World of Engineering. Mostly children will like it here along with their parents, just like in Techmania, Plzen. There is nothing better than to try on your own how nature works and how things work.

Malý svět techniky

In Důl Hlubina a former quarry compound, there is a well-preserved mining tower and some other former mining operation as well as renovated art studios, cafe, cinema, and other cultural venues.

Důl Hlubina   Důl Hlubina

You can also walk through some still unused parts of the former steelworks, ironworks, and coking plant. These are dozens of meters high colossuses reminding of how hard the work here must have been.

Dolní oblast Vítkovice

If visit the compound with somebody, then we recommend you to go there when the famous Colours of Ostrava takes place (19th to 22th of July this year). For couple of several years it has always taken place in the Dolni Oblast Vitkovice compound.

GPS: 49°49'06.5"N 18°16'46.6"E

 

Text, photos, and video: Matouš Vinš



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