Complex of former steel and metal works, one of the typical marks of Ostrava, national cultural/histoical monument. Mining was terminated in 1998. So far you can admire it only from outside, to the acces into the complex you would need special licence.
Annual world music festival COLOURS OF OSTRAVA takes a place in the middle of town in July. It is the best word music event in the Czech Republic.
2007: CocoRosie, Goran Bregovič, Brathanki, Mariane Faithfull, Gipsy Kings........
2006 : Salif Keita (my favourit now) or Gogol Bordello, Robert Plant, Varttina (Finland), Delirious?, Adesa,The Frames....
CoO 06.... was very rainy but very interesting, a lot of people came despite of permanent rain.
The picture is taken before the entrance of Asian Dub Foundation at the Ostrava’s Castle stage in 2005.
International music festival takes place every year in summer (July) and approx. 100 musicians and DJs from all around the world participate here - word music, rock, jazz (Richard Bona!!!), singers in the church.... The festival is situated in the centre, in park area and surroundings of the Castle, so there is enough space for dancing :) For children there is special playland with day-care, for non resident camp site. With the tickets you have public transport for free.
Big complex with several separate screens.
Address: Novinarska 317
Address: Vyskovicka 113, Ostrava Vyskovice
Address: Kostelni 3
Address: 28. rijna 124
Address: Zahradni 17
Castle build in 13th century connected with many legends and myths. Original castle was a palatial two-storey building with fortified walls and a tower for defence.
Opened : Tuesday-Friday: 10:00-16:00
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00-18:00
Sky theater presents astronomical shows and offers regular musical shows featuring classical, jazz and relaxation music. Its auditorium is 3rd biggest in CZ. Plus telescope observation, Wall Astronomical Encyclopaedia in the sky theater corridor, art exhibitions at the Mira Minigallery.
For public opened every Wednesday and Saturday. Closed during August.
Entrance 20 CZK.
Old town hall is located at the Masaryk square. It was built in 16th century. In 2004-2005 it was under reconstruction, in the tower there is new peal which bells are named after mayors of Ostrava. Every hour the peal plays another melody. Old town hall is now the seat of museum and info center.
In 2006/2007 during reconstruction new water fontain was instaled, it is illuminated at night and synchronic with the peal in the tower of Old town hall. There is also time axis, showing important dates and events in history.
Nice place but I miss some green vegetation there, especially during summer there should be some shadow...
There is the poem cut in mounting. Words say:
"This boy died here for living of the bridge
May people can walk over it
When he was killed
Water of spring already had run under the bridge"
This big park - or maybe partly forest of birch trees - is ideal place where to go cycling, jogging or just for a long walk. People gather here mainly in weekends and many of them go there with their pets or bicycles, so it can be little crowded in sunny weather.
As the main reason for our trip was to see the football, we didn't have too much time for sightseeing. Our plan was just to have a quick look around the city. There is some interesting and varied arhcitecture. This is one of my particular favourites - a church just down from the main rail station. If time had allowed there are a few places of interest that I would have liked to have seen such as:
the Viewing Tower at the New City Hall (as I love climbing heights for a good view)
the Fairytale Ghost Cellar (Ok, it's aimed at children but we're all still children at heart!)
the Castle and a brewery tour.
I always say that if you see verything when you visit a place then you have no excuse to return. Now I have an excuse to return.
Church of St. Katharine in Ostrava - Hrabova
Slight wooden church sacred to St. Katharine stood since 16.th century (and maybe sooner) on the village’s border of Ostrava – Hrabova. This wooden sheeting building was one of the oldest sights of folk architecture in area of Ostrava and since the time of its foundation it passed by complicated tectonic development.
Primary building was single-nave with three-sides presbytery. Wooden joist ceiling covered nave and end of the church. Roof was wagon-headed. Factual time of the foundation is not known. Inscription with date 1564 reflects, that it was built before this date. Also it is not known when quadrilateral bell tower had been built in front of entrance into the church what was put together (again it is not known when) with the church then. Next design was the enclosure of bell tower and the south side of church by penthouse, originally opened penthouse, then closed penthouse. Last building design (annex of vestry of the south side of presbytery) was realized by complete repair of church in 1904 year. April 1st and 2nd 2002, church totally burn up. In the same year it was decided on re-edify of this building in scale and design what will be the same of design before burning up. In late of last year 2004 church was canonize and given to use.
When I was today (Jan. 8th, 05) there, the church was open.
Masses: Fri: 4:30 p.m., Sun: 8:30 a.m.
Sightseeings: Thursadys 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Sundays 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
How to get there? Map is here.
Town hall in Silesian Ostrava (was built 1911-1913) is the protected sight what you’ll find this town hall on the height by Tesinska street, on the right bank of Ostravice river. That building is work of art polish-ostravian architect Julius Vyslouzil who also devised decorative painting around tower clock and decorative plastered motives in the big meeting room.
Town hall is loose-placed building with built-in quadratic tower equipped with a bay.
The frontage is ended by pseudoreneissance gable with balustrade and is breached by three axes of three-pieces windows ended by arch on the floor. There’s portal with ionic stanchions in axis of the frontage.
Entrance staircase will grip by steady arches and plastered decoration. Four marble poles sustain the main staircase. Building is built of bricks and has new frontage because this sight was restored in 2001-2002 years.
Ceremonial room is used for weddings and, of course, because of its very good acoustic it is used for performances of classical music.
There is installed the chime in tower of the town hall with strike. In one record melody can be caught by 48 bells. Special system for re-playing of melodies is installed at town hall in Silesian Ostrava and there can be set up up to 29 melodies. Thanks to place of town hall on the height you can hear the chime melodies, when you are on Masaryk’s quere - about 8 by walk.
Not far away from the town hall you can find monument with poem of Czech poet Petr Bezruc (he lived in Ostrava), the bridge of Milos Sykora with statue of this man and the first tank what as the first one came over the bridge.
If you come to down town, park your car just next by on the parking lot. Is not large but there aren't many cars.
In front of the new town hall is this 3 1/2 high modern sculprure. It represents Icarus, symbol of the desire. The statue symbolises the rise and fall of Ostrava during the 20th century. It was revealed on 1 July 1999.
The interior is not open to public. You are only allowed to entre the church when you take part in worships. But you can have a look through an iron made grid to get an impression of the interior.