Siemianowice Śląskie

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Siemianowice Śląskie
City Council
City Council
Flag of Siemianowice Śląskie
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Coat of arms of Siemianowice Śląskie
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Siemianowice Śląskie is located in Poland
Siemianowice Śląskie
Siemianowice Śląskie
Coordinates: 50°16′33″N 18°59′9″E / 50.27583°N 18.98583°E / 50.27583; 18.98583
Country  Poland
Voivodeship POL województwo śląskie flag.svg Silesian
County city county
Established 13th century
Town rights 1932
Government
 • Mayor Jacek Guzy
Area
 • City 25.5 km2 (9.8 sq mi)
Highest elevation 295 m (968 ft)
Lowest elevation 260 m (850 ft)
Population (2013)
 • City 69,713
 • Density 2,700/km2 (7,100/sq mi)
 • Urban 2,746,000
 • Metro 4,620,624
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 41-100 to 41-106
Area code(s) +48 32
Car plates SI
Website http://www.um.siemianowice.pl

Siemianowice Śląskie aka Siemianowice [ɕɛmʲanɔˈvʲit͡sɛ ˈɕlɔ̃skʲɛ]; German: Siemianowitz-Laurahütte is a city in Upper Silesia in southern Poland, near Katowice, in its central district in the Upper Silesian Metropolitan Union - a metropolis with a population of 2 million people and is located in the Silesian Highlands, on the Brynica river (tributary of the Vistula).

It is situated in the Silesian Voivodeship since its formation in 1999, previously in Katowice Voivodeship, and before then in the Autonomous Silesian Voivodeship. Siemianowice is one of the cities of the 2.7 million conurbation, the Katowice urban area, at the heart of the greater Silesian metropolitan area populated by about 5,294,000 people.[1] The population of the city is 71,621 (2008).[2]

Siemianowice's present form results from the merging of the communes Siemianowice and Huta Laury (German: Laurahütte) in 1924. The new city was named Siemianowice Śląskie and gained town privileges in 1932.

The Origin of the Name[edit]

There are three hypothetical explanations:

  • it comes from seven huts which were called Siedminowice/Siedmionowice
  • it comes from the legend about Siemion/Siemian, Michał and Maciej or Siemion/Siemian, Michał and Jakub
  • it comes from ziemia nawa which means earth taken away from water

Famous people[edit]

Notable architectural structures[edit]

  • Bytkow TV Tower
  • Palace of the Donnersmarcks
  • Zameczek Palace
  • Archangel Michael's Church
  • The Townhall
  • The Brewery

Administrative Division[edit]

  • Centrum - 11,98 km²
  • Michałkowice - 5,46 km²
  • Bańgów - 2,96 km²
  • Przełajka - 2,7 km²
  • Bytków - 2,3 km²

Industry[edit]

Laurahütte, 1840

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Siemianowice Śląskie is twinned with: Köthen, Wattrelos, Jablunkov, Mohács, Câmpia Turzii

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References[edit]

Coordinates: 50°19′N 19°02′E / 50.317°N 19.033°E / 50.317; 19.033