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Michal Colliery, Ostrava

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The oldest history of Michal mine is connected with an effort of the former Austrian state to support coal mining as an inevitable precondition for industry development. In 1842 a circular prospect pit in Michálkovice was founded with financing from the state mining fund and a year later it began to sink two pits there. The first of them, a Ferdinand pit, gave way in the 1880s. The other one was renamed as a Michal shaft after a deceased imperial adviser Michael Laier. In 1856 when the State Mine Enterprise performed considerable loses, the mine's ownership was passed to The Ferdinand Northern Railway Company, which had built and operated the railways network from Vienna through Ostrava and towards Polish salt mines, up to Czechoslovakian nationaisation in 1945, when it became a part of the Ostrava-Karvina Colliery syndikate, state enterprise. In 1946 the mine was renamed after a social-democratic deputy of The Austrian Reichstag Petr Cingr. The name has changed several times since then.

As a result of the heavy industry's transition in the Ostrava region, the Petr Cingr mine was closed down in June 30, 1993. The last elevator cage was hoisted on a spare winding machine in June 2, 1994. The coal pit was filled up in 1995. With the produktivity reduction in 1994, the whole area was overtaken by the Czech Republic's Ministry of Culture which established The Ostrava Museum of Industry there. It fused later with the Office For the Preservation of Monuments, Ostrava.

More Info: http://www.dul-michal.cz/en/

Důl Michal je bývalý kamenouhelný důl s jedinečnou kolekcí původních stacionárních elektrických strojů z doby přestavby z počátku 20. století, spojenou s elektrifikací provozu. Expozice je instalovaná podle koncepce posledního pracovního dne s důrazem na autenticitu prostředí i detailu. Prohlídka je vedená po stopách horníka, nastupujícího do práce.

Areál je prohlášen národní kulturní památkou, je zahrnut do systému Evropských stezek průmyslového dědictví ERIH a indikativního seznamu České republiky pro zápis do světového kulturního dědictví UNESCO.
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  • On I went twice, once in the Museum a few years ago and for the last time last year and I think that it is worth a look.
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  • (Důl Michal), we visited with our 6letým your grandson. The tour was very pleased. It has been seen that people who devote themselves to it, don't do it for the money. Missing it, but going down into the mine to make it complete. Yet it is on what to watch and when to watch in fear as the ordinary man could handle.
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  • Excellent guided tour, well maintained facilities. Interesting, scary and often incomprehensible for someone who has never met with such a environment. Hats off to all who have worked and are working. Great guide, which really means everything what it tells, and can easily answer all the questions, because he worked at a number of positions in the mines.
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  • Night tour led through a completely ordinary buildings and facilities on the surface--and in the end it was perhaps the strongest experience from five days in Ostrava I. ..
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  • Decent restaurant you can dine here in Tours below are only buildings and equipment of the mine is poured into
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  • A beautiful place with its atmosphere, where I came on foot by mistake
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  • Interesting place. Be sure to visit when wandering around Ostrava
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  • If it is in the area of MichalFEST is it worth a visit. Otherwise, there is a bore.
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