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Let us introduce you to Dolní Vitkovice (or as we like to call it DOV in short), the unique place which served for a black coal mining and production of raw steel between the years 1828 and 1998. It was in 1828 when Rudolf I. of Bohemia, the archbishop of Olomouc, ordered that the metallurgical plant be established in Vitkovice. This was the start of the unique place for heavy industrial production which until then was unprecedented in Europe. The industrial giant has now changed into no less unique educational, cultural, and social center with reach beyond the country borders.

1835

start of underground excavation of coal in Landek (the Anselm Mine)

1852

digging of the mining open-pit Hlubina started

1924

the building of the gas holder finished

1977

a record number was hit with 1.7 million tonnes of raw iron on the first blast furnace

1992

the last minecart with coal came out from Hlubina mine

1998

last tapping and the end of raw iron production in Dolní Vitkovice after 162 years

2011

start of restoration work and elevation of the gas holder

2013

DOV welcoms its one milionth visitor

2015

Hlubina is alive again, opening of the blast furnace no.1 superstructure (now known as Bolt Tower)

2017

opening of the Milan Dobeš Museum in Gong

1836

first coke furnace ignited in the Habsburg Monarchy

1911

new type of furnace put into operation

1938

a 900-tonne gas piston blower installed to the VI. energy center

1988

complete overhaul of the first blast furnace

1993

the mine at Landek is transformed into a museum

2007

the DOV Group established...and we are off for a ride of transformation!

2012

beginning of new life - VP1, Gong are born, building work on the Science & Technology Center has begun

2014

opening of the Science & Technology Center, reconstruction of Hlubina has begun

2016

the yearly turnout number reaches 1 301 639 visitors

1835

start of underground excavation of coal in Landek (the Anselm Mine)

1836

first coke furnace ignited in the Habsburg Monarchy

1852

digging of the mining open-pit Hlubina started

1911

new type of furnace put into operation

1924

the building of the gas holder finished

1938

a 900-tonne gas piston blower installed to the VI. energy center

1977

a record number was hit with 1.7 million tonnes of raw iron on the first blast furnace

1988

complete overhaul of the first blast furnace

1992

the last minecart with coal came out from Hlubina mine

1993

the mine at Landek is transformed into a museum

1998

last tapping and the end of raw iron production in Dolní Vitkovice after 162 years

2007

the DOV Group established...and we are off for a ride of transformation!

2011

start of restoration work and elevation of the gas holder

2012

beginning of new life - VP1, Gong are born, building work on the Science & Technology Center has begun

2013

DOV welcoms its one milionth visitor

2014

opening of the Science & Technology Center, reconstruction of Hlubina has begun

2015

Hlubina is alive again, opening of the blast furnace no.1 superstructure (now known as Bolt Tower)

2016

the yearly turnout number reaches 1 301 639 visitors

2017

opening of the Milan Dobeš Museum in Gong

Dolní Vítkovice

10 hectare area
1998 last tapping
2002 registered as national cultural heritage
90 million tonnes of pig iron

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