"The Palace of Culture & Science" Palace of Culture and Science Tip by alancollins

Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw: 73 reviews and 121 photos

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The Palace Culture & Science has dominated the Warsaw skyline for over 50 years and is a building given its history that you either love or hate it. It is impressive at 757 ft, making it the tallest building in Poland and the clock, which was added in 2000 makes it the tallest four faced clock in the world. The building was an unwanted gift from the Soviet Union who wanted a university but the Poles, who got their own way, wanted a Palace of Culture & Science. The building was originally only going to be 100m tall but in the end it grew a lot taller in the end to 230m. Work started in 1952 with 7,000 workers including 3,500 soviet construction workers who were drafted in to assist with the construction. By the time it was finished in 1955, 16 workers had died in accidents. When it was first opened the general public were not allowed to enter the building without a pass. This led to many myths including that there were a number of secret underground floors. It is still an impressive building 50 years on with 3288 rooms, a conference hall that holds 3,000 people, cinema, museums, theatres and more important for a travellers with a camera, a windy viewing platform on the 30th floor that is open till midnight at certain times of the year. The viewing platform was at one time a popular place for suicides, but save your money, if the thought crosses your mind, because the viewing deck was fenced in a long time ago.

Address: Plac Defilad 1
Directions: Close to the Main Railway Station
Phone: +48 (22) 656-61-34
Website: http://www.pkin.pl/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 5, 2007
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