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Michal Colliery, Ostrava

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Historic Site Mine
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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  • Nowadays most of the tourists attraction points are modified or rebuilt, but this one with a concept of “ last working day was yesterday” is excellent that shows workers real situation. Very clear exp...  more »
  • Visitors gradually walk along the same route along which miners came to work in the morning - cloakroom, guild room, lamp room and lift. Will visit machine and compresor room (is considered unique - d...  more »
  • We went there as a last place to visit in Ostrava with my friends. We bought the tickets and wait 15minutes for a start of the tour. It takes around 1,5h while we visit whole place. Mine worker talked...  more »
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  • Very nice national monument, preserved in its original state, where you walk the path of a miner from getting to work, to the path on the shaft. All the time an interesting interpretation. The price of CZK 90.0 is very symbolic.
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  • I highly recommend, almost a two-hour tour, where crowds of people, and will not learn everything potrebne. Just search with a breeze of warm and friendly navigation, because it is badly znacene. :-(
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  • Autenticke settlement of the first hand exposure to contemporary dulni equipped and machines, all this in the registration wizard, vse, sam experienced ma neskutecny is poutavy vypravec and its Working For me ma. facilities, dolni Vitkovice strcil in his pocket.
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  • A very good place for the mining of the past. They treated me great and even put a guide in English only for me! / I really recommend this place to find out how the past of mining looked like. They trated me very well and I even had my own personal guide in English who did a great job!
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