The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw

The Palace of Culture and Science at night

The Palace of Culture and Science at night ©PolandMFA/Flick

Warsaw is no longer a cold city without cultural activities as it was under communism. Today the Polish capital has undergone a visible transformation process: the downtown was restored and the old buildings have been replaced by skyscrapers blocks. Warsaw is an amazing city, full of contrasts and will not leave you indifferent. Palaces, churches, buildings with a unique architecture dominate the markets, parks and gardens of Warsaw.

The tallest building of Poland and the eighth among the tallest buildings in the European Union is located in Warsaw and is known as the Palace of Culture and Science.

The construction of the building

Designed after the architectural model of Lomonosov University in Moscow, the city is located downtown and offers a magnificent opanorama of Warsaw for those who climb to the terrace of the building. Built between the years 1952-1955, the building is a gift from the Soviet Union to Poland. The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw (Palac Kultury i Nauki) was originally known as “Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science”. The works were carried out by Soviet plans, by 3,500 workers, of which 16 lost their lives trying to finish the construction.

The Palace of Culture and Science is one of the most controversial buildings in Poland, hated by many people because it is the symbol of almost 45 years of suppression by Russia after the Second World War and was just about to be demolished 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell. Currently, the building houses an office and an exhibition center.

The Palace of Culture and Science at night

The Palace of Culture and Science at night ©PolandMFA/Flick

Some interesting numbers

The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw impresses with its height of 231 m, including the altitude of the 43 meter high tower. Since 2000, the building has the tallest clock tower in the world, where the hands of the clock reach up to 6 m and can be seen from a great distance. On the 42 floors there are 3,288 rooms occupying an area of ​​123,000 m2. Inside there are cinemas, theaters, museums, offices, libraries, a conference room large enough to accommodate 3,000 people, and at the 11th and 12th floors is an accredited university, the Collegium Civitas.

The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw

The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw ©tgraham/Flick

The terrace of the palace

The main attraction of the Palace of Culture and Science is the terrace of the palace situated on the 30th floor, which is at a height of 114 m, where visitors can enjoy spectacular views over Warsaw, especially at sunset during summer. The terrace is opened to the public daily from 09.00-20.00 and on Fridays and Saturdays, only during the summer, the program is extended until 23.45. The fee is 20 zlotys/person, with a discount of 5 zlotys for students. By installing new elevators, the way up to the 30th floor can be made in just 25 seconds.

The Palace of Culture and Science

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