The Palace of Culture and Science
Plac Deffilad 1, Warsaw, Poland
+48656 62 01
The Palace of Culture and Science Warsaw Reviews
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originally known as the Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science but in the wake of destalinization the dedication was revoked.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.
Part of the Returning to Warsaw in Poland again and again travel blog
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