Katowice is a city in Silesia in southern Poland and it's located in the Silesian Highlands. Katowice was founded in the 19th century and gained city status in 1865 as Kattowitz in the Prussian Province of Silesia. The city flourished due to large mineral (especially coal) deposits in the nearby mountains. Due to economic reforms, there has been a shift away from heavy industry, and towards small businesses. Katowice's Rynek is the old centre and marketplace of the city. Unfortunately many old buildings were demolished in the 1950s to make space for monumental communist modern buildings such as Spodek or Superjednostka. Best buildings and places to see in Katowice: Cathedral in Katowice, Drapacz Chmur, one of the first skyscrapers in Europe, St. Mary's Church, St. Stephen's Church, Church of St. Michael Archangel, Church of Christ Resurrection, Silesian Parliament, Market square in Katowice, Spodek, The Old train station, The Goldstein Palace, Parachute Tower, The Altus Skyscraper. Katowice has the second largest business centre in Poland (after Warsaw Business Centre). The public transportation system consists of four branches - buses, trams, trolleybuses and the regional rail.
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