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Praga-Północ from the very beginning was a base for
industrial in Warsaw and was the source of many Warsaw products.
The end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century were favorable for development factories and industry in the district, due to its structure development
urban. The district offered, among others St. Petersburg railway (1863) connecting
right-bank Warsaw with the Russian Empire, the Terespol railway
(1867), bypass railway (year)., Kierbedź Bridge (1864) connecting both
Warsaw side, and the port.
The railroad was one of the basic elements of the industrial economy.
It allowed the transport of cargo and raw materials on a mass scale together with the transport of people to further regions of the world.
In addition to stations and railway sidings, factories developed dynamically, and
freight warehouses

XIX century

Thanks to the expansion of the logistics infrastructure in Praga in the 19th century
North, the district has become a strategic transhipment hub
goods imported and exported from Russia, trade in the Kingdom
Poland and transit with Western Europe.
Praga was considered the poorest area of ​​Warsaw from the very beginning
joining the capital. Therefore, at the beginning of the 19th century it had an opinion
a neglected district, which resulted in low prices of its areas and
resulted in cheap labor. Convenient land prices and cheap workers
were conducive to the development of industrialism. New buildings were built housing, mainly for workers and railroad workers.
The industrial heart of Prague began to beat with the creation of the steel plant I It was built in one year and the first steel melts
on April 1, 1879. It occupied almost 6.5 hectares and was
located at ul. Szwedzka and ul. Stalowa.
After three years of operation, it produced 87% of the rails in
the entire Kingdom of Poland.
In the 25 years since the founding of the steel mill, Praga has become a modern one
industrial area. The number of factories tripled to 49 and increased
number of workers employed.
In 1879, 315 workers were employed in Praga-Północ, and in
1904 already 8326.
In 1913 that number increased to almost 10,000 workers.
Prague, like Wola at that time, became the most important
industrialized parts of the capital.

Post-industrial Praga Today

During these few years, Prague has become a large and important center
industrial. In the interwar period there was still construction
big plants, incl. “Avia” at Siedlecka Street, which has survived to this day.
During World War II, losses to the Prague industry were
huge. Some of the surviving buildings have been recreated and the rest
industrial monuments are only now gaining new, scientific,
cultural and residential functions.
Unfortunately, for many years no action was taken to the effect
preservation and protection of some objects. Many of them fall
in ruins.
The industrial history of Praga North is colorful, with many buildings
can be skillfully adapted to today’s conditions. Besides the charm
industrial architecture, they have many other advantages including just plain with its interesting, not entirely known story.
We invite you to the compendium of knowledge about the factories of Praga Północ and remnants of the district’s industrialism.

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