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Manufaktura Culture-Trade-Entertainment Centre

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Manufaktura Culture-Trade-Entertainment Centre is one of the largest commercial centres in Poland and in Europe. It is situated in the heart of Lodz at the junction of Ogrodowa, Zachodnia, Karskiego and Drewnowska Streets. Its location is significant as it is here that Izrael Poznanski, one of the most famous 19th century entrepreneurs of Lodz, established one of the largest textile factories. Since 1971 the whole complex, with its adjacent palace, has been registered on the list of the city's most valuable industrial monuments. The factory complex is also known nationwide as Wladyslaw Reymont's ''The Promised Land'' was set here. The manufacturing activity ceased in 1997. Since then the whole complex has been refurbished. By mixing the old post-industrial architecture with a modern design, the post-industrial architectural complex has been revitalised to become one of the city's major attractions.

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The complex, open in May 2006, covers the area of 27 ha. Most exteriors of the original buildings have been preserved, which adds special ambience to the place. The only exception is the main shopping gallery, made of steel and glass, which was built from scratch. The most elegant part of the Lodz Manufaktura is the former five-storey cotton spinning mill in Ogrodowa Street, which will be turned into a four-star hotel shortly.


Cultural role of the Manufaktura Centre


Manufaktura is not only a shopping but a cultural centre as well. It is here that one can contemplate on art, see artistic exhibitions and learn about the history of Lodz. The Park of Sculptures, with monumental carved figures, is part of the complex. There is also the Factory Museum which presents the life of Izrael Poznanski, the factory owner, and history of this site, the largest manufacturer of 19th -century Lodz. Soon the Art Museum will open in the Centrum Manufaktura where modern artists, from Poland and abroad, will display their works.


Manufaktura as a Entertainment and Shopping Centre

 
As for recreation, Centrum Manufaktura has a lot to offer to people of all ages. Kids, adolescents and adults can learn about the laws of nature in the Experymentarium – an interactive museum of science and technology. The movie lovers can enjoy themselves watching the latest films screened in the Multi-Cinema Complex with IMAX Theatre as its part.

The entertainment centrepiece - the Manufaktura Market Square, covering the area of 3 ha, is filled with numerous restaurants, pubs and bars. The unique ambience of the site, created by the feeria of colours and music, makes it a popular meeting place. It is also regarded as a new centre of the city of Lodz. Live music concert, festivities and other open-air cultural events are planned to be held here in summer.

The Jazda!Park – a drink bark with billiards and video game simulators - is also attractive to Manufaktura visitors. Those who are fond of an active way of spending their free time can find something that will suit their taste. The Gymnasion Fitness Club offers sports activities both for amateurs and professionals all week round. There is also an artificial climbing wall with 500 square metres in size.

The real feast for shoppers is the two-storey Mall with over 200 boutiques, medium-sized shops and hypermarkets which have a wide array of goods from Polish and foreign manufacturers on offer. The unique ambience of the site makes shopping a real pleasure.

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