Polish Lodz is a city I was lucky enough to see by chance, we did a route change to see an old friend who was there working. The city was a farmer town until the early 19th century, for its location within 150kms of Warsaw, it would become an industrial power and so, Lodz, it then belonged to Russia who was attracting people, mostly of Polish and Jewish origin to the point that, just before WWI it was one of the cities with the highest population density in Eastern Europe. It was one of the hardest hit cities during WWII and much of its population was killed under the Nazi extermination, indeed on the main street there are plaques with the names of those who disappeared during that period. The industrial nature of the city makes it so there are not many monuments and historic buildings to admire. But it has its own pace and friendly people, and it was a great experience to go.
What is now Manufaktura Mall was a textile, one of the most significant ones in Europe. The museum shares facilities with the mall, Factory Museum is also worth visiting. Exposures that gather here can help visitors to imagine life in the 19th century. They also illustrate the life events of Izrael Poznański and the work. The exhibits present the history of the factory and its surroundings. Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 9:00 to 19:00 Saturday - Sunday 11:00 to 19:00 The factory museum entrance is located in the hallway next to Cinema City.
There is no doubt about it that Lodz is a city of artists. It is the city of film, the textile industry, festivals ... the arts in general. It is a modern place and always in motion, so it's normal that you will find art on every corner! This is a large mural on a boat (the shield of the city), you can see the most representative symbols of the city and it is much nicer than a white wall!
This Catholic Cathedral is the largest church to be found in Lodz. It is a true Gothic masterpiece. It was constructed between the years 1901 and 1912. It is a typical medieval cathedral with three naves, a transept, choir, ambulatory and chapel of the Virgin. It was seriously damaged by a fire in the year 1971, and it has been carefully restored, including a new roof supported by modern steel girders. On the side of Chancery I came across a monument dedicated to the Unknown Soldier, and on the opposite side there is a monument dedicated to Father Skorupka, a Catholic priest ve made a great contribution to the country's victory against the Bolsheviks in 1920.
Izrael Poznański Kalmanowicz, a textile magnate and the son of a Jewish merchant, built a textile empire and became, along with Karl Scheibler, the largest and most important manufacturer of Lodz. The places associated to the memory of Poznański are among the best highlights of the city. These include the huge factories on Ogrodowa Street and the nearby Poznański Palace which is his mausoleum and now a museum. The Palace is located next to the Manufaktura Mall and it looks like something out of Paris! It´s beautiful!
The Polytechnic University of Łódź was established in the year 1945 and has become one of the largest universities in Poland. It was originally located in a converted factory but it now covers nearly 200,000 square meters, spread over 70 separate buildings, most of them located in the main area of the University. Approximately 21,000 students are studying at the University. One of the most beautiful buildings is the rector (which you can see in the photo attached).
As in most cities of Eastern Europe, here in Lodz, too, the main focus is on the commercial activity on a street or avenue, traditionally the oldest and longest street to be found in this "city". This was nearly 3km. It is long, but it is not very wide, and it is lined with lots of old buildings which are very well maintained. The vast majority of them are even painted with soft colors and pastel shades that are easy on the eye and make it an enjoyable journey. The avenue is lined with shops, restaurants, cafes and buildings that once belonged to the upper class and today are used by any public body. Getting around, you can walk along the avenues which enjoyed splendor before the second world war. I can not tell you the exact name of the street but come on, it is definitely known by all its inhabitants.
Magnificent construction in perfect condition and the best performance, because although it was closed the day I went, the others always saw movement of people coming and going. This church always gave me good vibes every time I started my day. So we always started the day with a new story or a new path to follow. I do not remember the name but it was the same as that of the Virgin can be seen in the video that was placed on a small pedestal at the entrance of the garden ...
Pilsudskiego Park is the largest park in Lodz and one of the largest parks in Europe. It´s called a recreation center called because it´s so much more than just a park. There is a Botanical Garden, Zoological Garden, nature reserve, park area, sports facilities, etc.. There is also a large forest and eight lagoons. We were going to spend the day in Lodz, so we went to a little forest and to see the city center. It´s especially nice in September because it´s autumn and the forests and gardens have a special yellowish brown color and the temperature isn´t too cold yet.
Unveiled on June 4, in 2000 to coincide with the celebration of two thousand years of Christianity and the 80th anniversary celebrations of the diocese of Lodz, this bronze statue was designed by Krystyna Fałdyga-Solska, and is 2.2 meters high on a granite base. It shows Pope John Paul II as a much younger man, in a deliberate illusion, referring to his visit to the city of Lodz in 1987. The three granite blocks under the feet of the Pope are symbolic of the three millennia between today and the birth of Christ.
This mall is one of the most beautiful I've seen in my life. Today's shopping centers lack any kind of grace and wisdom. Here, perhaps recalling the delicacy in the past in Polish constructions have been stepping up and have achieved what nobody had done before, a mall liked solely for its beauty. It's set in an old textile factory that belonged to a Jew from the early 20th century, the guy in question came to form a giant empire, to become the 3rd wealthiest man in Europe at the time. It's newly refurbished and they have brought the best of the old clay brick construction back to life. Its inside is an invitation to good taste and a challenge to the large stores that we can see in Europe today.
Władysław Reymont is the literary alias of Rejment Władysław. He was a Polish novelist, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in the year 1924. He is best known for his novels, Peasants, (1904-1909), which is divided into four parts bearing the names of the different seasons of the year. It was this novel that gained him the Nobel Prize. He died a year after receiving the Nobel prize. I took this photo, as I found it funny, but I did not know who he was, but then I did some research, I'll see if I can find his books in Spanish!
Julian Tuwim (1894 - 1953) was born in Lodz. He was a writer and a poet who studied Jewish law and philosophy at Warsaw University and was the co-founder and group leader of Skamander in the year 1919. He was a major figure in Polish literature, best remembered for his contribution to children's literature. This statue dates back to the year 1999, and was based on a design by Marcel Sztenchelm - it was to be the first of many statues of different citizens. It is considered good luck for lovers to rub their noses on it. Lodz is full of sculptures that invite you to sit on them and take pictures with them, it must be documented who is who because there are plenty!