The statue ofFridrich Wilhelm Graf von Reden, very important person for industrial development of Upper Silesia (and especially – Königshütte – now central part of Chorzów). The statue has a turbulent history, and the existing monument is a reconstruction (made in the year 2002) of original monument from 19th century.
The photo from my archive (november 2006) -- sky over Klimzowiec (part of Chorzów), and Tysiąclecie (housing estate "1000 Years" -- part of Katowice). The photo taken from Racławicka street, on the way to work. (For more photos of the sky look at SkyWatch Friday.)
The part of the Town Hall with the town coat of arms: on the left the yellow Upper Silesian Eagle on the blue background, on the right side double cross refers to the Order of the Holy Sepulchre (Chorzów, as a village was given* by Władysław, duke of Opole, to the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, in 1257.) --- *) There are many uncertainties: it was village in this time, or it was only a place for village, or the village was destroyed by Mongols (called in Poland 'Tatars').
The cross in 'my neighborhood'. I don’t know how old it is, maybe 100 years? It is important place for local community – everybody knows the house nearest to the cross is an informal place for obituaries.
Chorzów[ˈxɔʐuf] is a city in Silesia (coordinates: 50°18′N 18°57′E), southern Poland with around 114,680 (2006) inhabitants and an area of 33.5 km². Chorzów is situated on the Rawa river on the Silesian Highland in the heart of the Upper Silesian Industrial Area, 7 km north-west of Katowice. Chorzów is in the middle of Upper Silesian Metropolitan Union, the largest legally-recognized urban entity in Poland with a population of 2.2 mln. The population of the urban area in the conurbation around Chorzów is about 3.5 million. (From Wikipedia.)