Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw

Palace of Culture and Science

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The tallest building in Poland and 8th tallest in the EU is the PKiN or the Pa?ac Kultury i Nauki/ The Palace of Culture and Science was originally the Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science but when Stalin was revoked and ‘destalinized’, it remained only Palace of Culture and Science, now celebrating its 187th tallest building status in the world rank.

Collegium Civitas

The function that it serves today is as an exhibition center and office complex. It is 231 meters tall and it has a 43m spire. Imagine 3288 rooms and altogether a building of 42 floors with an accredited university called “Collegium Civitas”, theatres, cinemas, museums, bookshops, offices and a huge conference hall that can hold up to 3000 people. The Collegium Civitas is special in that it is open to new inventions in higher education such as closer lecturer-student relations, interdisciplinary approaches, study abroad programs, encouragement and supervision of student research projects and internships.

Warsaw Rising Museum

Located in Wola district, this museum is dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. You will find photographs, testimonies of how life was during 1944 and written accounts as the key exhibits in this museum. There is a hangar where it shows the Warsaw airdrops and information videos. In the Children’s section, there are models, activities and insurgent uniforms. Then there is a Nazi section showing the German-occupied Poland, the sewers. And a communist section that shows the Communist-occupied Poland, the puppet government. Of course, the most interesting is the multi-cultural opposition and the “western hesitation” section where you can see the accounts of many ethnicities fighting the Nazis including words of protest from George Orwell. Western hesitation is also known as the Yalta betrayal and it is about the range of critical views relating to the foreign policies of some Western countries during 1919 and 1968. It is very interesting as it relates to Eastern and Central Europe and how historically it was intertwined with the Treaty of Versailes at the end of WWI.

During this time, there was a debate among the western politicians about which side they should support.

Warsaw Zoological Garden

Warsaw Zoo ©MarcsZoos/flickr

Warsaw Zoo ©MarcsZoos/flickr

This is a scientific zoo of 40 hectares right in the downtown Warsaw with 4000 animals of 500 different species. Though it was bombed in September 1939, Jan ?abinski who returned from the Warsaw uprising and reopened the zoo in 1949. Now, you can see the 6000 square meters exhibit area for elephants, Hippopotamus House and Shark Aquarium and the Ape House.

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