In July last year the City of Katowice was granted a financial help within the European Union funds to implement an e-promotion of the City’s modernist architecture. Called the Route of Modernism, it is already available for tourists.
The sixteen greatest examples of modernism, had selected by the Silesian Cultural Heritage Center in Katowice, were enriched with electronic information stands located near each of the buildings, audio guides, promotional materials, city games and a web site moderna.katowice.eu with the content translated to English, French, German, Russian and Czech. The promotional materials and audio guides can be collected in the Tourist Information Center at 13 Rynek St.
Katowice was one of the country’s main centers of an increased building development after the First World War. For that reason most of the enlisted facilities had been erected in twenties and thirties of the last century. Representing functional and unique architecture values, the modernist buildings of Katowice were called “Polish Chicago”.
The 5,5 kilometers long Route is represented by, among others, the building of the Silesian Seym, garrison church of St. Casimir, “Skyscraper” on Żwirki i Wigury St. and several villas. A total cost of creating the Route of Modenism was almost PLN 0,9 million (PLN 0,64 million is financed by the EU).