The entire city center has been built in the monolithic style of the sumptuous and spectacular socialist realism.
The historical zone of the youngest city in the Czech Republic offers views of wide boulevards lined with buildings adorned with many decorative features. Recently, the hockey-themed online TV series Lajna (The Line) was shot in Havířov.
A wide boulevard with an emphasis on symmetry and decorativeness, unique clusters of buildings, parks and quadrangles – these all define socialist realism in Poruba’s architecture.
The Ostrava-Poruba city district is known for its 1950s socialist realism architecture, in Czech abbreviated to “sorela”, inspired by the design of Soviet cities, but also hiding Antique, Renaissance and Classicist elements.
On tape, Poruba may be used to depict the milieu of any old Soviet city – as it already has in the film Babylon A.D., where the district’s main boulevard starred in several action scenes.
The miner colonies, dating back to the end of the 19th century, have preceded their time thanks to their architectural impeccability and civil amenities.
The district of Ostrava-Vítkovice leads to the nearby premises of the former Vítkovice steel mills. The growing number of steel mill employees naturally necessitated procuring many amenities and social services.
As a result, colonies were created for clerks and miners, and institutions were built such as the civic center, hotel, hospital, fairground, schools, a nursery, town hall and church. All this under the common denominator of non-plastered ecru walls.
Vítkovice’s appearance allows it to audition for a role in any movie based in England, Vienna or the Netherlands.