Observation tower on the Bazaltowa Góra

 

Observation tower on the Bazaltowa Góra

Observation tower on the Bazaltowa Gora (German Breiteberg) is located on a hill (368) which rises on the eastern edge of the Kaczawskie Foothills and on the eastern border of „Chełmy” Landscape Park near Paszowice. It is one of the most interesting places to visit in the Land of Extinct Volcanoes. This is where stands one of the two towers built in this area in the beginning of the 20th century. The observation tower, built of broken basalt stone on a circular plan, is ten meters high. We enter it through a Gothic-like portal with a clinker-brick frame. On the top of the tower, there is a viewing platform framed by crenellation on corbels and offering a beautiful panorama of the Chojnowska Plain, the Strzegomskie Hills, the Sowie Mountains and the Kamienne Mountains. The Bazaltowa Gora Mountain is a relatively low, volcanic cone with rather steep slopes and distinctive peak. The cone has a varied geological structure. It is built of Miocene basanites which form the lava cover and the composite alkaline lava in the conduit. The only trace of the former volcano is a former pipe concretion filling the crater. Basalt rock building the hill is composed into regular poles. Looking at old pits on the eastern slope, we can see that the miners undercovered the former volcanic pipe in its central part.