The Industrial Monuments Route of the Silesian Viovodeship including Nikiszowiec and Giszowiec, the two of Katowice districts, will be a part of the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH). The Silesian Industrial Monuments Route exists since three years and comprises 31 selected facilities of exceptional historic and architectural interest, which in the previous centuries were milestones of industrial revolution. The Nikiszowiec workers housing estate and Giszowiec miners settlement are giving a unique chance to see how workers districts look like and how the workers lived in the past. The Route also poromotes “Wilson Shaft” Gallery in Nikiszowiec and “Silesian Porcelain” Factory near Giszowiec.
Currently, the European Route of Industrial Heritage presents 845 sites in 29 European countries. Among these sites there are 66 Anchor Points which build the virtual ERIH main route. The Polish Anchor Points will be probably the “Guido” Coal Mine in Zabrze and the one of two old brewerys in Tychy or Żywiec. On eleven Regional Routes is possible to discover the industrial history of these landscapes in detail. All sites relate to ten European Theme Routes which show the diversity of European industrial history and their common roots.
Being a part of the ERIH gives a great value for the region and included cities, its promotion and prestige. The Silesian Industrial Monuments Route will be the first one in the Central and Eastern Europe in the name of the ERIH.