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

  The Palace of Culture and Science
by PolishChick

Palace of Culture and Science - competing with Warsaw Mermaid, it is 'the tallest' symbol of the capital - 234,5 metres high, also the biggest building of Poland. It was constructed in 1952-1955 and 'given' by Stalin as a not returnable gift of friendship. Designed as social-realistic construction, it is enormously huge. For its construction a number of 40 million bricks was used and its room space is over 80.000 m3.

Both loved and hated. It portrays an example of controversial style in architecture. Some regard it as a masterpiece, whereas the others treat it as a 'junk', aspecially older people who lived through the communism here in Poland and don`t like any connections to it and all signs of it. There is a lot of debates now what to do with it, because it`s so controversial. Older people, my Polish teacher from high school for example, really hate it and would love to see it destroyed. My teacher says that every time she looks at it she remembers the Russian rule in Poland and it`s true- wherever the communists went they built a new one, so many counties that used to be ruled by Russia have one know. She says it`s the only building in Warsaw she would like to see bombed. But younger people, who don`t connect it with the communism and years of poverty and the occupant`s rule, would like it to stay there as it has become a sign of Warsaw everyone knows and recognizes. I don`t think destroying it will ever come true, but there are plans to make this controversial building prettier or to "hide" it by building higher buildings around it. Well we will see! But it`s important for you to know that people`s opinions about it do vary and among Polish people you will find a lot of the Palace of Culture and Science "lovers" and "haters".

Address: Plac Defilad 1
Directions: Right in the heart of Warsaw- you can see it from miles away.
Phone: +48 22-656-60-20
Website: http://www.pkin.pl/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 28, 2004
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