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The Gutenberg Tenement House

The eclectic tenement house at 86 Piotrkowska Street is considered by the inhabitants of Lodz to be one of the most beautiful and characteristic buildings in the city. It is a real showpiece and tourist attraction of Lodz. All this is due to the rich and symbolic ornamentation of the facade. Located in the heart of the city, the tenement house originally belonged to the famous Lodz printer Jan Petersilge. Its architectural design is a kind of tribute to the art of printing, which undoubtedly gave the building its characteristic appearance. Its common name - Kamienica pod Gutenbergiem - refers to the statue of Jan Gutenberg, the inventor of printing, placed in the centre of the oriel. However, it is the statues of steel dragons, or more precisely their distinctive bellies glistening proudly in the sunlight, that attract the attention of tourists. It is worth seeing them for yourself and trying to decipher the meaning of the other decorative elements of this unique facade. All you have to do is sit back and relax in one of the trendy bars in the neighbourhood. May the print be with you!