Most parts of the town were built in the 1970s in the so-called "Plattenbau"-style (prefabricated elements of houses). The roads are mostly four-lane and under an excellent condition. The ground plan of this part of town is like a chessboard.
Well, Matt told me there's also an old core of the city. Hope to see it when I'm here again.
Tyskie Browary Ksiazece (Prince Brewery) are housed in meticulously refurbished buildings being under the care of the local conservator of historical buildings. The are a gem of Polish industrial architecture and a unique tourist attraction.
Tours are organized according to current demand. For private and organized inquiries please call +48 32 327 84 15.
Tyskie brewery together with Lech brewery in Posnan, Poland create a company called Kompania Piwowarska SA which mostly belongs to SABMiller - the second biggest brewing group in the world.
Tyskie brewery produces the following brands of beer:
- Tyskie Gronie
- Tyskie Ksiazece
- Pilsner Urquell
They built a new, modern brewery and new Tyskie company headquarters a few years ago. It's located oposite the old Prince Brewery, just across Mikolowska Street (highway to Auschwitz = Oswiecim).
Haha, the security guard asked me not to take any pictures there but... I took a few including this one with Kathy. Don't ask me how I did it :-).
In the course of his lengthy creative evolution, Jerzy Nowosielski, an Orthodox painter and thinker, remainded loyal to the theology of the icon, enabling him to resolve the dilemma of figuration and abstraction.
Decorating the walls of many churches, Catholic and Eastern rite, Nowosielski remains one of the very few, if not the sole Polish contemporary artist, whose legacy will include monumental and deeply religious works.
Jerzy Nowosielski, speaking at Kantor's graveside in Kraków in 1990 hinted at a response in stating, "sztuki nie mozna posiasc ani oswoic". That is, "art cannot be possessed or tamed". We can seek it, or it may seek us !
The phenomenon is the work of Jerzy Nowosielski, a Uniate, a theologian, and a magnificent continuator of the tradition of icon painting in Poland.
His abstracts, still-lifes and landscapes, as well as his decorations for Orthodox and Catholic churches, are, despite the variety of themes and the long time-span separating the works, always the same thing: a meditation on the spiritual dimension of reality.
Nowosielski’s work, and just as importantly his stance and theological erudition, have proved to be an important source of inspiration to many artists starting out in the last twenty years.
Jerzy Nowosielski - painter, illustrator, and scenery designer - is without a doubt one of Poland's exceptional post-war painters.
His work lies beyond the framework of all specific movements or styles; at one time artists of this magnitude were referred to as epochal. An individuality of this kind could not have emerged from anywhere but this part of Europe, where Byzantine iconic tradition meets that of the western European avant-garde.
Even though his paintings reflect the influences of seemingly distant artistic and cultural worlds, Nowosielski's work is completely autonomous, qualitatively unique. It testifies to the artist's continued penetration of issues that are of fundamental importance to art - the conflict between the sacred and profane, between the spiritual and the material.
Favorite thing: Since 1945 Jerzy Nowosielski has participated in collective exhibitions in Poland and abroad; among others Biennial in Venice in 1956 and Sao Paulo in 1958; New York, Essen, Milan, Paris, Augsburg; also individual exhibitions, among others in Paris in 1963, London in 1963, Vienna in 1963, Karlskrone in 1978, Stockholm in 1978. In 1976 he became professor of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, and since 1994 he has been member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The palace and park complex from the 18th century is located in the old part of Tychy opposite to Ksiazecy (Prince) Brewery - just across Bielska Street.
They surely sell Tyskie beer there hehe - in a park, not in a palace. Shouldn't it be shopping tip as well?
There are a few polychromies by Jerzy Nowosielski inside the Holy Spirit Parish Church.
WHO IS NOWOSIELSKI?
Born on 7th January 1923 in Cracow vel Krakow. Painter, drawer, stage designer.
In 1947 he was awarded a Diploma of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, as a graduate of E. Eibisch's studio. Jerzy Nowosielski is an artist of strong personality; he is a consistent painter who is aware of his objectives. As the artist says, his true contact with really great art began in winter 1942/43 in Lviv during his study of the collection of the Museum of Icons. There he found his true teachers.
His fascination with icons is reflected in metaphysical compositions of figures and landscapes; he provides flat-painted forms with contours; creates monumental wall decorations, among others in churches in Lourdes, Tychy and an orthodox church in Hajnowka. He is the author of theoretical works on icon and painting.
Look at St. Maksymilian Kolbe Church at night - it's a roman catholic church. It looks interesting either from the outside and inside. I think that the best examples of modern architecture in Tychy are just its newest churches. Add one bank building (PKO) now.
As always: don't forget to go inside - interior, modern design is unique.
Go to see the church dedicated to the Blessed Karolina Kozkowna. It's a new church, completed a few years ago in late 90'. It's located by my favourite bicycle itinerary: from my apartment to Paprocany lake. I was looking at the church during its construction riding a bicycle.
As always: don't forget to go inside to look at amazing and unique interior design.
St. Christopher Church built in 80' is located just by the big districtional hospital. It is the one more example of modern architecture in Tychy. It looks really great in my opinion. Don't forget to get inside.
There is a parking lot in front of the church. By the way St. Christopher is a patron of drivers in Roman Catholic religion = me as well hehe.
Tychy is the perfect base to visit Aushwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum wich is located 20 km (12 miles) east of Tychy.
All over the world, Auschwitz has become a symbol of terror, genocide, and the Holocaust. It was established by the Nazis in 1940, in the suburbs of the city of Oswiecim which, like other parts of Poland, was occupied by the Germans during the Second World War. Oswiecim is located 20km (14mi) west of Tychy. Now there is a National Museum - Auschwitz Birkenau - a UNESCO world heritage monument.
The overall number of victims of Auschwitz in the years 1940-1945 is estimated at between 1,100,000 and 1,500,000 people. The majority of them, and above all the mass transports of Jews who arrived beginning in 1942, died in the gas chambers.
MORE: on my Oswiecim page.
Go to district of Tychy called Zwakow southwest od a downtown - area of ground floor houses built mainly in 60' and 70' bordering a huge forest which goes towards old city of Pszczyna and is called Pszczyna forest or... jungle. Good start for bicycle trips.
There is a parish church of the Holy Spirit there. It was erected in 1979-82 and it is great example of the modern architecture; bold structure. The internal polychromy, designed by Jerzy Nowosielski, refers to iconic painting.
Look at so called new Tychy. People rarely say new Tychy nowadays and only to differ it from the old one.
There are a lot of (hundreds) 5-11 store apartment buidings with hundreds small or very small apartments/flats packed one by one there. They were built in 60'-80': Soviet style buildings you can find in each city on the area covered by former Soviet bloc = more than half of a globe. They are ugly in my opinion. And it's no so simple and relaxing and not healthy to live next door to hundreds or thousands of people with shared lifts/elevators, stairs and no yards.