Hala Stulecia

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Kathrin_E Kathrin_E
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Hala Stulecia Aug 02, 2014
Originally named Jahrhunderthalle, Hala Stulecia is an extraordinary example of early armed concrete architecture. The architect Max Berg designed it in 1911, two years later the magnificent dome was completed. The free width of the dome is 65 m and at that time it was the largest dome in the world. Its stepped outline has become a landmark in the eastern parts of the city. The hall seats 6,000 people. If the groud floor is added as standing room, it can accommodate 20,000. The hall is used for all kinds of events, concerts, contests, sports matches (like the Volleyball European Championship matches in 2014).

The hall is part of the exhibition grounds which was designed in the early 20th century. The so-called Jahrhundertausstellung (century/centennial exhibition) took place in 1913 to commemorate the centennial of the victory over Napoleon. The grounds combine buildings, park and open water in a way which was ultra modern at that time. In the 1920s and 1930 more exhibition halls were built. So don’t overlook the other buildings which were also part of the concept. The Japanese Garden and the little wooden church in the park (see separate reviews) are remains of that exhibition, too, dito the entrance with the columns, the fountain and the pergola. The former entrance gate of the exhibition grounds is now the main entrance to the zoo on the opposite side of the street.

Entering the grounds is free. Only the Japanese garden charges a small entrance fee. In some side rooms of the Hala there is a small exhibition about the buildings and their history which I did not see, though. I cannot tell you about the official rules for visiting the interior of the hall. I was lucky and got in twice without paying anything. The first time there was a chess tournament for children taking place, they just had intermission and families, coaches, spectators and whoever walked in and out, so I just walked in and pretended to belong there. The second visit took place on their ‘open day‘.

In the socalist era the hall was renamed Hala Ludowa, People’s Hall. In some city maps this name still appears. Only since very recently the common name is Hala Stulecia again, the Polish translation of the original German name.

The large basin behin Hala Stulecia is the site of the Dancing Fountain. In the summer season there are daily performances with different programmes, music and light show. Since these take place rather late in the evening and I would have had to go all by myself, I did not get to see the show, though.
Hala Stulecia
Hala Stulecia
Exhibition grounds of 1913
Exhibition grounds of 1913
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