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known as the Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science, but in the wake of destalinization the dedication to Stalin was revoked.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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Máté Szél (32 days ago)
For 25 zloty you can go up to the 30th floor. The view is amazing, but after that you really cannot do anything else. At the top there is a cafeteria and souvenir shop.
omar ghalib (2 months ago)
Stunning landmark in Warsaw, boasting awe-inspiring architecture and a rich cultural heritage. From its grand exterior to its captivating interior attractions, including theaters and museums, it's a must-visit destination. Don't miss the chance to admire panoramic views of Warsaw from its top floors. Conveniently located in the city center, it's an essential stop for anyone exploring Poland's capital. Highly recommended!
Tatyana Valkevych (3 months ago)
Impressive building, viewing terrace on the 30th floor with beautiful hall and ceiling, breathtaking views of Warsaw. Sadly, the weather was rainy and foggy, so I did not see much, but I will return another time. Not free (!?) Tickets should be bought to get there. Other floors are filled with offices. Good cafe and eatery on the first and ground floor.
Legends l (3 months ago)
An imposing and impressive building in the heart of Warsaw. Surrounded by gardens and fountains at various points. I would recommend going up to the top via lift where you get great aerial views of Warsaw. Tickets are reasonably priced too. If you have time, I would recommend spending dedicate walking in grounds surrounding the building.
Blerina Shkreta (3 months ago)
I really liked the fact that this building is in the middle of brand new skyscrapers, very nice view from the balcony at the 30th floor but make sure you buy tickets online!! We saw a huge line outside, but having the tickets already we just made our way inside and there was no line to get to the top.
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