Silesian Voivodeship

Pless Castle in Pszczyna
Katowice is the capital of the Silesian Voivodeship
Jasna Góra in Częstochowa is the holiest Roman Catholic shrine in Poland
Gliwice, one of the oldest cities in Silesia
Bielsko-Biała is a major industrial, transport and touristic hub
Terminal A at Katowice International Airport
Silesian Regional Assembly
Little Beskids Landscape Park

Voivodeship, or province, in southern Poland, centered on the historic region known as Upper Silesia (Górny Śląsk), with Katowice serving as its capital.

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Administrative divisions of Poland

The administrative division of Poland since 1999 has been based on three levels of subdivision.

Division of Poland into voivodeships and powiats (2007)

Around half of the Silesian Voivodeship belongs to the historical province of Lesser Poland.


Early 19th-century view of Rybnik
Municipal Stadium, home venue of both ROW Rybnik speedway team and ROW 1964 Rybnik football team
University of Economics Branch in Rybnik

Rybnik is a city in southern Poland, in the Silesian Voivodeship, around 38 km (24 mi) southwest of Katowice, the region's capital, and around 19 km (11 miles) from the Czech border.


Town in southern Poland with 25,823 inhabitants (2019), and a seat of a local gmina (commune).

Pszczyna Castle, originally from the 13th century, rebuilt in Polish Renaissance style in the 17th century
Market Square – Rynek
Visit of interwar Polish leader Józef Piłsudski in Pszczyna in 1922
Mass grave of Polish soldiers fallen in the Battle of Pszczyna and Polish boy scouts and civilian defenders murdered by the Germans in September 1939
Historical train station after renovation
Inscription from the Jewish Cemetery
Park Zamkowy (Castle Park) in Pszczyna
Memorial to Daisy in Pszczyna

It is situated in the Silesian Voivodeship, and was a part of the Katowice Voivodeship from 1975 until administrative reforms in 1998.

Wodzisław Śląski

Medieval Minorite Church now Evangelical Church dedicated to the Holy Trinity (pol. Kościół św. Trójcy)
Loslau in 1874
Fountain at the market square
Church of the Assumption
Palace and Museum in Wodzisław built in 1745
Gothic Revival Knights' Tower
Monastery from the 17th century
Tenement house at the market square
Old city in Wodzisław
Palace in Wodzisław-Kokoszyce
"Piastów" new housing estate
"Three Hills" Park

Wodzisław Śląski (Loslau, Vladislav, Vladislavia, וואידסלוב) is a city in Silesian Voivodeship, southern Poland with 47,992 inhabitants (2019).


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Chorzów as Charzow on an 18th-century Polish map
Steelworks at Königshütte, 1872–1875 ("Das Eisenwalzwerk" by Adolf von Menzel)
Headframe of the closed President coal mine
Chorzów in the 1930s
Ulica Wolności (Freedom Street), one of the main areas of commerce in the city
Memorial to local Poles murdered by the Germans in the Ravensbrück concentration camp
Main post office
Chorzów within the Upper Silesian Metropolitan Union.
Chorzów Town Hall
Subdivisions of Chorzów
The Giraffe, a sculpture at the Silesian Park
Stadion Śląski, the second biggest stadium in Poland
Statue of footballer Gerard Cieślik in Chorzów

Administratively, Chorzów is in the Silesian Voivodeship since 1999, previously Katowice Voivodeship, and before then, the Silesian Voivodeship.


Panorama of Cieszyn
Copper engraving from c. 1640 depicting the town
The District Court of Cieszyn built in 1905, an ideal example of the town's long prosperous history and its impact on architecture
Adam Mickiewicz Theatre in Cieszyn
Przykopa Street, which maintained its 18th and 19th-century appearance
Głęboka Street, one of the main promenades in Cieszyn
Town Hall at the Cieszyn Market Square
Townhouses in Cieszyn
Rotunda from circa 1180 / St. Nicholas Church
14th century Piast tower
Statue of Saint Florian
Monastery, church, and hospital of the Sisters of Saint Elizabeth
Mary Magdalene Dominican Church, begun in late 13th century
Hunting Palace of the Habsburgs and monument commemorating Silesian legionnaries fallen for Poland
Hotel on the town square
Evangelical Protestant Church of Jesus, begun in 1710
Communal Cemetery in Cieszyn
Museum of the Cieszyn Silesia

Cieszyn (, ; Těšín ; Teschen; Tessin) is a border town in southern Poland on the east bank of the Olza River, and the administrative seat of Cieszyn County, Silesian Voivodeship.


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
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
Las Murckowski
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 (, , ; Kattowitz) is the capital city of the Silesian Voivodeship in southern Poland, and the central city of the Upper Silesian metropolitan area.

Upper Silesia

Southeastern part of the historical and geographical region of Silesia, located today mostly in Poland, with small parts in the Czech Republic.

Moravian-Silesian Beskids
Silesian flag used by Silesians
Coat of arms of Upper Silesia as drawn by Hugo Gerard Ströhl (1851–1919)
1746 map of Upper Silesia, Homann heirs, Nuremberg
Silesian Parliament in Katowice
Silesian dumplings
Silesian gorals

The Polish Upper Silesian territory covers most of the Opole Voivodeship, except for the Lower Silesian counties of Brzeg and Namysłów, and the western half of the Silesian Voivodeship (except for the Lesser Polish counties of Będzin, Bielsko-Biała, Częstochowa with the city of Częstochowa, Kłobuck, Myszków, Zawiercie and Żywiec, as well as the cities of Dąbrowa Górnicza, Jaworzno and Sosnowiec).


Town in southern Poland with 23,784 inhabitants (2019).

Baroque castle, originally built in the Middle Ages as the residence of the Piast dynasty
Franciszek Grotowski's orphanage, today a primary school
Monument to Polish insurgents of 1921 and Polish soldiers from World War II
Heritage house of the Courants, grandparents of St Edith (Św. Edyta)
Municipal office

It is the capital of Lubliniec County, part of Silesian Voivodeship (since 1999); previously it was in Częstochowa Voivodeship (1975–1998).


Town on the River Soła in southern Poland with 31,194 inhabitants (2019).

Polish Legions take an oath at the market square in Żywiec during World War I
Action Saybusch. Expelled Poles await transport at a railway crossing
Old Castle
Town Hall
St. Mary's Co-cathedral
Co-cathedral bell tower
New Castle
Castle park in autumn
Żywiec Brewery Museum

It is situated within the Silesian Voivodeship, near the Żywiec Lake and Żywiec Landscape Park, one of the eight protected areas in the voivodeship.