The Palace of Culture and Science

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Plac Deffilad 1, Warsaw, Poland
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Chokk Chokk
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A must see in Warsaw Jul 03, 2010
I have always found that The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw was one of the most amazing buildings that I have seen. Even here my third time in Warsaw I had to visit it again; and I was glad I did because I was able to enter where I was supposed not to.

Many Polish hate the building mainly due to what it represents more than the looks of it. One of the wild plans has been to build a wall of skyscrapers around it so it would not be possible to see it from the distance. This has luckily not happen yet and I fear for the day. I think the building is an icon of something that is not anymore and I find the building intriguing.

The Palace of Culture and Science is the eighth tallest building in the European Union. From 1955 to 1957 it was the tallest building in Europe. It is now the 187th tallest building in the world. Four 6.3-metre clock faces were added to the top of the building in 2000, making it briefly the tallest, and now the worlds second-tallest, clock tower.

The building was originally known as the Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science but in the wake of destalinization the dedication was revoked. Stalin's name was removed from the interior lobby and one of the building's sculptures.

It was a gift from the Soviet Union to the people of Poland, and construction started in 1952 and lasted until 1955. The tower was constructed, using Soviet plans, almost entirely by 3500 workers from the Soviet Union, of who 16 died in accidents during the construction.

The architecture of the building is closely related to several similar skyscrapers built in the Soviet Union of the same era, most notably the Moscow State University. However, the main architect Lev Rudnev incorporated some Polish architectural details into the project by travelling around Poland and seeing the architecture. The monumental walls are headed with pieces of masonry copied from renaissance houses and palaces of Kraków and Zamość.
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Chokk says:
I completely agree
Posted on: May 30, 2012
Dansa says:
Such a cool museum! A lot of interesting excibition.

And the architect who made it is the same as in Moscow.
Posted on: Oct 11, 2010
alyssa_ob says:
very interesting!
Posted on: Aug 03, 2010
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Airpunk Airpunk
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Palace of Culture and Science Dec 10, 2010
Among Europe's big cities, Warsaw is among those who can show the most skyscrapers in its skyline. The most significant in Warsaw's skyline however is not one of those glass and steel monsters, but an example of Socialist Classicism (commonly known as Stalinist Architecture). Built between 1952 and 1955, the “Palace of Culture and Science” still is among the 200 highest buildings in the world. The name of the sponsor, Josef Stalin, was present in many forms in the building. That includes a statue holding a book with the name of communist leaders on it (Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin). At most places, his name was eradicated in the era of de-stalinization and you can still see the plastered part of the book where Stalin's name used to be.

The building has always been perceived as a symbol for Soviet dominance over Poland and was never really loved. However, it became a landmark of Warsaw and it would surely be missed, if it would disappear. This ambivalence of Warsaw's citizens earned the building many nicknames, ranging from Soviet Wedding Cake (popular nickname for a similar building in Riga too) to Stalin's revenge. Today it houses offices, conference venues, museums, exhibitions and a platform on the 30th floor from which you can get an excellent view over Warsaw. A common joke was that it is the best view of the city – the only place from which you don't have to see the building itself. The fee is 20 Zloty (2010), but not worth the price on one of those foggy December evenings...
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Airpunk says:
Thanks to both of you for the comments. Although many locals dislike these buildings as they are a reminder of Soviet past, I like them. However, the Warsaw one was the only one I saw in winter and at nighttime. My pictures from the Riga, the Bucharest (House of Free Press) and the Prague one (Hotel Druzba) are all during warm summer days.
Posted on: Mar 28, 2017
Toonsarah says:
Interesting to see it at night - and in the snow! I have been to the Riga one it it certainly looks similar
Posted on: Mar 28, 2017
BASAIC says:
Nice nighttime photos!
Posted on: Mar 28, 2017

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