Place Gutenberg, Strasbourg

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    Place Gutenberg

    by ruki Written Sep 30, 2009

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    Place Gutenberg is at the heart of medieval Strasbourg. There you can see steep pitched roofs and brightly painted facades. The place was named after the printer and pioneer of movable type, whose statue occupies the middle of the square. He lived in the city in the early fifteenth century.

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    by JLBG Updated May 30, 2009

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    Jean Gensfleich zum Gutenberg (or Johannes Gensfleich, later Johannes Gutenberg) was born in Mainz in 1399. In 1430, he flew away from his hometown to escape the Justice. In 1434, he settled in Strasbourg as a goldsmith and an engraver. It is unclear whether he developed printing while he was in Strasbourg or not. Specialists disagree on that point. Anyhow, he was bankrupted in 1440 and his material, whatever material it was, was distrainted. He left Strasbourg in 1444 and developed a printing workshop, back in Maienz. He was a second time bankrupted in 1454 and his workshop distrainted again. He died in Mainz in 1468.

    Sissi (VT Kakapo2) wrote : when looking over your Strasbourg page I thought you should correct some little things about Gutenberg. He was born as Johannes Gensfleisch, and much later the "zum Gutenberg" was added. This was the name of the house owner, if I understand it right, which was the family's property named Zum Gutenberg. But nobody would know him as "Gensfleisch zum Gutenberg", only as Johannes Gutenberg.

    I have made some further research and found that very little was know on him as there are almost no document that remain. As for the name itself, Sissi is surely right but though “Jean/Johannes Gensfleich zum Gutenberg” is improper it is widely used as a Google search shows. Thank you Sissi for pointing out this name uncertainty and thank you for editing the name of Mainz.

    Before Gutenberg, printing was practiced but on a very small scale as each page had to be carved on wood. Gutenberg developed printing by the use of 25 mobile fonts cast in lead and set in a press with a frame operated by a screw. His main work is the printing of the famous "42 lines" Bible.

    After Gutenberg, printing developed a great deal in Strasbourg, which does not mean for sure that he did develop printing himself while he lived in the city. In 1480, there were a dozen printers in the city.

    Gutenberg is shown here, in the middle of the square that bears his name, holding a page from this Bible. The stand of the statue shows on each side scenes of printing.

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    Place Gutenberg

    by JLBG Updated Dec 21, 2006

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    Place Gutenberg (Gutenberg square) stands at a short distance from the cathedral. On the Northern side, the CCI (next tip), shown on the right of the first photo. For the Marchés de Noël, Place Gutenberg gathers the booths of the invited country, changing every year. In 2006, it was Rumania (see a few tips in off the beaten path). The Master Piece of the Square for Christmas was the blue, glittering, tree of light.

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    The Neubau, seat of the CCI, on Place Gutenberg

    by JLBG Updated Dec 21, 2006

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    This beautiful building is very special. In the XVth, all houses in the city were half-timbered and contrary to other European cities, the Antiquity did not inspire any architect.

    The Neubau (New Building) was began in 1582 on the Northern side of what is now Place Gutenberg. It was both the first stone building in the city and the first built in the style of the Italian Renaissance. It was first used as a Congress Palace and later as the city Hall. Since 1802, it is the seat of the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie (Chamber for Trade and Industry).

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    by balhannah Written Jun 17, 2013

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    From one "Place" to another, this time Place Gutenberg, a large square where another statue is located in the centre. This statue, sculpted in 1840, is of famous printer Johannes Gutenberg, who is holding a piece of parchment on which is inscribed the words “Et la lumière fut” (And behold, there was light) from the Book of Genesis. He was the inventor of the first mechanical, movable printing press in Europe in 1439 and the publisher of the Gutenberg Bible in 1455. Gutenberg lived in Strasbourg between 1434 and 1444, where he was an apprentice goldsmith. Around the base of the statue are bas reliefs depicting scenes from Gutenberg’s life.

    In the square, is a Renaissance style building with a sloping roof of typical Alsace design, this is the Chamber of Commerce. It takes up one side of the square, on other sides are many Cafes and Restaurants.

    Flea markets are often held around the statue in the center of the square.

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    by ATXtraveler Written Feb 23, 2008

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    During our trip to Strasbourg in February, we were unable to fully appreciate the beauty of one of its crown jewels, Place Gutenberg. The square is dedicated to Gutenberg, who lived in Strasbourg from 1434 to somewhere around 1444, during the time he was working on his famous printing press. Originally, the square was the center for commerce and industry, but as the town grew larger, this space was no longer occupied for that purpose. The official commemoration of the square in honor of Gutenberg was in 1840, celebrating the 400th anniversary of his time in Strasbourg. While we were in town, the statue was surrounded by carnies, as it appeared we were just going to miss a great festival, possibly in his honor. I did in fact verify that the carnies had small hands and did smell like cabbage.

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    Walk Through the Place Gutenberg

    by hquittner Written Jul 4, 2010

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    Place Gutenberg is two blocks west of the Cathedral. At its center is the excellent statue to the town's most famous citizen created by David d'Angers in 1840. Along one side of the square is the Chamber of Commerce built in 1585 in Renaissance style but with a slanted roof and a ground level that is rusticated. On the base of the statue on each side is a bas-relief also by Angers picturing the importance of Gutenberg's achievement.

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    Place Gutenberg

    by antistar Updated Mar 16, 2014

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    Probably most famous for the Christmas Market that is held here every year, the square is named after Johannes Gutenberg. While he was a child of Mainz - born, bred and died there - it was in Strasbourg that he invented the printing press that so changed the world. Outside of the Christmas markets the square's most striking feature is the historic carousel. It's also overlooked by the dauntingly symmetrical Hôtel de Commerce.

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    by rwlittle Written Mar 27, 2004

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    In Place Gutenberg, there's a statue commemorating the father of the printing press, who hails from this area.

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    by Beograd Written Oct 21, 2006

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    We all know that he invented the printing mashine, but did you know that he was residing in Strasbourg at the time?

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    See the Gutenburg monument

    by randm1 Written Nov 22, 2002
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    Remember Gutenburg (printing press, Bible)? Well, he was from Strasbourg and they've built a monument to him. There are often flea-markets in the square where you can find books and prints.

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