Katowice

St. Joseph's Church

  ul. Roosevelta 104, Zabrze ,   No District          (+48) 32 271 05 68     more than a year ago

If you’ve been in Poland even for just an hour, chances are you’ve seen your share of churches. But you haven’t seen one like this. Looking less like a church and more like the result of an unholy union between an old shoe factory and a Roman aqueduct, this monumental brick behemoth owes its brutal design to Dominik Böhm of Cologne and was completed in 1931. One immediately notices several un-church-like characteristics about the building: it has no steeple (in the traditional sense of the word), it completely lacks outside ornamentation, it has a window deficiency, and all of the roofs are flat. The strange façade of this boxy monstrosity features three rows of four empty arches - the building’s only design motif - with no windows in the square flanking chapels, only two tall faceless slabs of red, irregular brick on either side of the entrance. It’s an imposing sight and it has to be seen to be understood.

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Open 09:00 - 16:00. No visiting during masses so better to visit during the week.

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