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At first, I thought I will call this photo simply a “Postcard from Katowice”, since it includes two possibly most important structures in this city, but then I realized it has a potential for a more provoking title. Indeed, at the back you see a characteristic shape of one of the largest concert venues in Poland. It was opened in 1971 and until 2014 it was the largest multipurpose indoor venue in the country, able to host 11,500 people. It is called simply “Spodek” which is a Polish word for saucer. Bands like Deep Purple or Pearl Jam have recorded their live DVDs in there. In the foreground you see a monument which is made of three wings. It is the Silesian Insurgents’ Monument. It was unveiled in 1967 and quickly became an icon of Katowice. It is a monument dedicated to those who took part in the three Silesian Uprisings (1919, 1920, 1921). This was the time shortly after WWI when Poland had a chance to become independent again. In those uprisings people living in Silesia region wanted to show to the whole world that they want this region to become a part of Poland rather than Germany.

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