Palace of Culture and Science

Warsaw, Poland

The Palace of Culture and Science is the tallest building in Poland and the eighth tallest building in the European Union. It is 231 metres tall, which includes a 43-metre high spire.

The building was originally known as the Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science, but in the wake of destalinization the dedication to Stalin was revoked. The building was conceived as a 'gift from the Soviet people to the Polish nation', and was completed in 1955. The structure was built in three years according to the design of the Soviet architect Lev Rudnev. Architecturally, it is a mix of Stalinist architecture, also known as Socialist Classicism, and Polish historicism inspired by American art deco skyscrapers. Currently it is the headquarters of many companies and public institutions, such as cinemas, theaters, libraries, sports clubs, universities, scientific institutions and authorities of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The tower was constructed, using Soviet plans, almost entirely by 3500 workers from the Soviet Union, of whom 16 died in accidents during the construction.

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plac Defilad 1, Warsaw, Poland
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Founded: 1952-1955
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Poland

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Troy D (2 years ago)
This building has so much character, the views are spectacular. The minute I looked over the city from all views, I wished I was not just on vacation. Warsaw is a beautiful place and from this building you can see so much of it. I also recommend taking a date for the night viewing, it’s very Romantic.❤️
Sin Fong Chan (2 years ago)
Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw Visited on 28/9/2019 It is a pity that my tour group have very jam-pack schedule and do not have time to visit this building to give a detailed review. We arrive late in the evening, and most members go separate way after dinner. From far across the road, I can see this magnificent building lit up in purply blue, a rather mystic colour, in the dark background. The building was originally known as the Joseph Stalin's Palace of Culture and Science is and is the second tallest building in Poland.
Christine Comfort (2 years ago)
Would highly recommend the Palace of Culture & Science! There were great views of the city along with information at the top showing you what you are looking at and some history. Outside of the building you can see the demarcation of the old ghetto, which is also powerful to view.
Oko Za oko (2 years ago)
This is not about the Palace (it's very cool) but about Poland in general, Poland is a beautiful country and a very safe country. Actually, Poland is much safer then France or Germany. Poland will be the new European economic heart, so please visit us to support our economy, find cool friends, relax and enjoy the East European culture.
Thomas Rambo (3 years ago)
Pretty cool old soviet building in the heart of Warsaw. Looks very intersting when it's all lite up at night. Going up to the top offers a great view of the city as well. It's hard to miss if you go to Warsaw so even just walking by it for a picture is good enough I would say.
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