Hi,

Here are some snapshots from my recent trip to Poland.

Łódź is one of the biggest Polish cities. Its economy flourished in the 19th century thanks to the textile industry. Many big former industrial buildings are located in the city. Most of them are abandoned and in desperate need for restoration. Very few have been restored.

The White factory, for instance, hosts a museum.

Łódź, Biała Fabryka ("White Factory"), museum of textiles


The Manufaktura, another former industrial site, is now a big commercial complex, and hosts a shopping mall, a 4-star hotel. shops, cafes and restaurants. It is quite crowded in the evenings.

Łódź, Manufaktura



Łódź, Manufaktura


A big urban renewal project is being carried out at the Scheibler Grohman Textile Factory.

Łódź, Scheibler Grohman Textile Factory


Łódź, Scheibler Grohman Textile Factory -- being turned into luxury flats


Łódź, Scheibler Grohman Textile Factory -- former workers' houses, still to restore


This is Scheibler's chapel in one of the many cemeteries in the city (S. was the owner of the above factory, at his time probably the richest man in Poland).

Łódź, Old Evangelical - Augsburg Cemetery on Ogrodowa. Chapel of Karol Scheibler


A more recent building (the university library) in the background.

Łódź, University library


One of Łódź parks, Park Matejki

Łódź, Park Matejki


Łódź, Park Matejki
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The "Open-Air Museum", close to the White Factory, attempts to show what Łódź was like before the Industrial Revolution.

Łódź, Open-Air Museum



Łódź, Open-Air Museum


Łódź, Open-Air Museum
During the Second World War,the Łódź Ghetto (Ghetto Litzmannstadt) was set up by the Nazis.
More than 250,000 people, according to what we were told by our guide, lived in the ghetto, but less than 1,000 were found there at the end of the war.
If interested, you can read something about the Łódź Ghetto in Wikipedia .

Between 1942 and 1944 through Radegast station (on the outskirts of the city) around 145,000 Jews were transported by the Nazis to the extermination camps.

Łódź: Radegast station



Łódź: Radegast station


Łódź, Radegast station. Holocaust Memorial Litzmannstadt Ghetto.


Łódź, Radegast station. Holocaust Memorial Litzmannstadt Ghetto.


Łódź, Radegast station. Train used to deport prisoners to extermination camps.


Łódź, Radegast station. Cattle wagon used to deport prisoners to extermination camps.


Łódź, Radegast station. Cattle wagon used to deport prisoners to extermination camps.


Łódź, Holocaust monument at Radegast. The outer concrete wall of the tunnel (which hosts a museum) represents WWII and leads to a monument representing a crematorium.


Łódź, Holocaust monument at Radegast


Łódź, Holocaust monument at Radegast "THOU SHALT NOT KILL"
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Nice! The open air-museum looked awesome Emotion: wink
Ahh, nice photos. I agree Kooyeen. And, the university library is jusr amazing. I wouldn't go out of there!

And what a strange factory it is. Emotion: big smile
DollAnd what a strange factory it is. Emotion: big smile
Which one? The White Factory? As well as the others in my pics, it used to be a factory in the 19th century and up to the mid of the 20th. It's not a factory any longer. Emotion: smile
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All pics are really good. Especially that open air museum. Must say you really had a wonderful tour.
Nice pics, Tanit! Makes me want to visit those places too! Emotion: wink
The open-air museum is really wonderful.

I wonder how big it is!
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