A report on Gliwice and Metropolis GZM

Medieval fortified Old Saint Bartholomew church, one of the oldest structures of Gliwice
An 1863 Polish plaque at the Town Hall commemorating Polish King John III Sobieski to 200th anniversary of the Battle of Vienna
Coat of arms of Gleiwitz
The present Administrative Court building in the 1920s
Gliwice Radio Tower
Silesian University of Technology, Faculty of Chemistry
Main train station
Gliwice Arena multi-purpose indoor arena with a seating capacity of 13,752
Districts of Gliwice
Jerzy Buzek
Lukas Podolski
Adam Zagajewski

Gliwice is the westernmost city of the Upper Silesian metropolis, a conurbation of 2.0 million people, and is the third-largest city of this area, with 175,102 permanent residents as of 2021.

- Gliwice

Original union included 14 city counties that form the core of the metropolitan region: (Bytom, Chorzów, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Gliwice, Jaworzno, Katowice, Mysłowice, Piekary Śląskie, Ruda Śląska, Siemianowice Śląskie, Sosnowiec, Świętochłowice, Tychy, and Zabrze.

- Metropolis GZM

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A fragment from the Bogucice Parish visitation report from 1598 that mentions the name Katowice for the first time

Katowice

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Capital city of the Silesian Voivodeship in southern Poland, and the central city of the Upper Silesian metropolitan area.

Capital city of the Silesian Voivodeship in southern Poland, and the central city of the Upper Silesian metropolitan area.

A fragment from the Bogucice Parish visitation report from 1598 that mentions the name Katowice for the first time
Baildon steelworks, 19th century
Katowice in the 1930s
Parachute Tower, one of the symbols of the Polish Defense of Katowice
3 Maja Street is one of the main promenades in the city
Katowice International Conference Centre, built in 2015
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Cathedral of Christ the King, seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Katowice
The Great Synagogue in Katowice was destroyed by the German Nazis during the invasion of Poland on 4 September 1939
Plac Grunwaldzki in Koszutka under construction, 1950s
Modernist Osiedle Gwiazdy built in late 1970s and the light cubes of the New Silesian Museum
Scientific Information Center and Academic Library
KTW towers under construction, 2021
Nikiszowiec, a historic workers' housing estate
Spodek, a multipurpose arena from 1971
Galeria Katowicka shopping center
Silesia City Center – a large shopping mall in Katowice. Located over former coal mine "Gottwald"
High-rise buildings in Śródmieście, the most urbanized part of the city
A historical townhouse on the corner of Stawowa and Mickiewicz Streets
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Silesian Library in Katowice
University of Silesia in Katowice – Faculty of Theology
Pesa Twist tram in Katowice
City by bike bicycles in Józefowiec district
Katowice Central Station
Spanish fans at the EuroBasket 2009 in Katowice
2012 FIVB Volleyball World League match in Katowice
Maria Goeppert Mayer
Wojciech Kilar
Kazimierz Kutz

Katowice is a central part of the Metropolis GZM, with a population of 2.3 million, and a part of a larger Upper Silesian metropolitan area that extends into the Czech Republic and has a population of 5-5.3 million people.

Motorway A1 (Gdańsk – Toruń – Łódź – Gliwice – Polish/Czech border)

Bytom

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City in Upper Silesia, in southern Poland.

City in Upper Silesia, in southern Poland.

Kosciuszko Square in the 1890s
Polish Gymnasium in Bytom in the 1930s
The Sleeping Lion at Bytom's Market Square
Building of IV Secondary School in Bytom
Districts of Bytom.
Agora Bytom shopping centre
A Pesa Twist tram in Bytom
Tenement house on Weber's Street
Silesian Opera
Kraszewski Street in Bytom
Townhouses on Jainty Street
Bobrek power station in the 1930s
Bytom city hall
thumb|St. Hyacinth's Church – an example of Neo-Romantic architecture in Bytom
Plac Akademicki – public square
Holy Trinity Church

Before 1939, the town, along with Gleiwitz (now Gliwice), was at the southeastern tip of German Silesia.

In 2007, Bytom and its neighbours created the Upper Silesian Metropolitan Union, the largest urban centre in Poland.

Zabrze

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Industrial city in Silesia in southern Poland, near Katowice.

Industrial city in Silesia in southern Poland, near Katowice.

A historic metallurgical building in Zabrze
Typical Jugendstil architecture on Wolności (Liberty) Street in Zabrze
A monument commemorating the fallen in the fight for the liberation of Silesia in the Silesian uprisings and World War II
Ludwik coal mine, closed down in 1978
Districts of Zabrze
Ernest Pohl Stadium, home venue of Górnik Zabrze
Krystian Zimerman
The Dumplings
Wojtek Wolski
Coal Mining Museum
New Theatre
Maciej mine shaft
Main Key Adit
Monument to the Heroes of Monte Cassino
Botanical garden
Upper Silesia Brewery
Admiralspalast Hotel

The west district of the Silesian Metropolis, a metropolis with a population of around 2 million.

Zabrze is bordered by three other cities of the metropolitan area: Gliwice, Bytom and Ruda Śląska.