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 Silesian Voivodeship
Siemianowice Śląskie
Siemianowice Śląskie
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 Silesian
Countycity county
Established13th century
Town rights1932
Government
 • MayorRafał Piech
Area
 • City25.5 km2 (9.8 sq mi)
Highest elevation
295 m (968 ft)
Lowest elevation
260 m (850 ft)
Population
 (2013)
 • City69,713
 • Density2,700/km2 (7,100/sq mi)
 • Urban
2,746,000
 • Metro
4,620,624
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
41-100 to 41-106
Area code(s)+48 32
Car platesSI
Websitehttp://www.um.siemianowice.pl

Siemianowice Śląskie also known as Siemianowice (Polish pronunciation: [ɕɛmjanɔˈvit͡sɛ ˈɕlɔ̃skʲɛ]; German: Siemianowitz-Laurahütte; Silesian: Śymjanowicy) 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.

Etymology[edit]

There are three hypothetical explanations for the origins of the name Siemianowice: either it comes from seven huts which were called Siedminowice/Siedmionowice in Old Polish; from the old legend about Siemion (Siemian), Michał and Maciej, or Siemion, Michał and Jakub; or it comes from ziemia nawa which means earth taken away from water.

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]

Notable architectural structures[edit]

  • Bytków TV Tower
  • Palace of the Donnersmarcks
  • Zameczek Palace (Rheinbaben Palace)
  • Archangel Michael's Church
  • The Townhall
  • The Brewery
Rheinbaben Palace (2018)

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Laurahütte, 1840

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

Famous people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ European Spatial Planning Observation Network (ESPON) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2009-03-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Powierzchnia i ludność w przekroju terytorialnym w 2008 - Central Statistical Office in Poland ISSN 1505-5507 , 13.08.2008

External links[edit]

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