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Industrial Architecture part 2 - Pilsen (Plzeň) and Ostrava

photo: Brewery - Plzeňský pivovar (czechtourism.com)

Recently, interest in industrial monuments and architecture, from which we can learn more about the development of industry, has been growing. The Czech Republic is a part of the European Route of Industrial Heritage, which includes 850 sites in 32 countries. Whether or not a monument becomes a part of the Route is decided by the international organisation European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH).

The ERIH organisation creates lists and maps of the most interesting industrial monuments. These maps include e.g. the brewery of Plzeňský Prazdroj (map) in Pilsen and the National Cultural Heritage Coal Mine Michal (map) site in Ostrava.

Visitors of the Pilsen brewery may join extended guided tours and get the chance to look into the newly reconstructed brewhouse and watch the unique procedure of Pilsner Urquell beer brewing. The tours are provided in Czech, English, German, French, Spanish or Italian.

In the former coal mine Michal in Ostrava-Michálkovice, it is possible to see the authentic equipment of the chain cloakroom, staff bathroom, the second evidence room, lamproom, head-gear building or the staff bridge that connects the lamproom and the head-gear building and engine-room, where you will find the original technical equipment from the beginnings of electrification. The guided tour follows the miner’s complete journey from the changing rooms to the pit itself.

Besides the Coal Mine Michal, another important industrial monument included in the European Cultural Heritage is the ironworks facility (Hlubina coal mine, blast furnaces and coking plant of the Vítkovice ironworks) in Ostrava-Vítkovice (map).

For a comprehensive list of industrial buildings and monuments click on the register of the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage FA CTU Prague.

Useful links:
The Research Centre for Industrial Heritage FA CTU Prague0


Author: Andrea Kábelová
Added: 10.11.2010

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