Bytom is a city in southern Poland, located in the Silesian Voivodeship, in the historic region of Upper Silesia. It is situated about 15 kilometers northwest of Katowice, the regional capital, and has a population of approximately 170,000 people, making it one of the largest cities in the region.

Bytom has a rich industrial heritage, with its roots dating back to the 18th century when coal mining and metallurgy were the main economic activities in the area. The city played an important role in the industrialization of Poland and the region, and many of its historic landmarks and buildings reflect this heritage.

Silesian Opera

The Silesian Opera is a Polish musical theater founded in 1945 by Adam Didur, whose seat from the beginning is the building of the former Municipal Theater in Bytom. This neoclassical building, built between 1899 and 1901 by the Berlin architect Albert Bohm with 423 seats, has served the theater arts since its inauguration in 1901.

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Upper Silesian Museum in Bytom

The Upper Silesian Museum in Bytom is a self-government cultural institution of the Silesian Voivodeship with seven substantive departments, a library, exhibition halls, studios and offices. The institution occupies two buildings: the main building from the years 1929-1930 and the building of the former starosty of the Bytom poviat from the years 1899-1902. The museum also has the third largest collection of Hebrew religious books in Poland, received in 2017 as a gift from the Jewish Religious Community in Katowice.

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Sleeping lion

The sleeping lion is a sculpture from 1873 located on the Market Square in Bytom, depicting a lying lion with its head resting on its forelegs. The sculpture was crowned with a monument commemorating the inhabitants of the Bytom poviat who died in the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871) and after numerous removals and war damage, it went to the Gliwice Zakłady Urządzeń Technicznych, where it was preserved and a copy was made for the Warsaw zoo.

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Bytom Narrow Gauge

Bytom Wąskotorowy – a narrow-gauge railway stop adjacent to the hall of the railway station in Bytom (from Zabrzańska Street). Currently, the initial one for historical and tourist trains of the Upper Silesian Narrow Gauge Railway.

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