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Palace of Culture and Science

Lokalizacja: Warszawa, Pl. Defilad 1

A conversation from the year 1949: Stalin: We can build an underground line, a housing estate or a palace for you, just like the one in Moscow. What do you want? Bierut (Polish President): We can build the estate by ourselves, we don’t need the underground. We want the palace.

Patterned upon the town hall in Zamość, the Lomonosov University in Moscow and the Chrysler Building in New York, the Palace of Culture and Science was built with prominent help of workers from the brotherly nation. The construction only took 3 years (1952-1955) with 5,000 workers working 24/7. Fatal accidents happened during those 3 years  as from time to time a drunken Russian worker would fall from the scaffolding.

The Palace is the 6th tallest building in the EU (230m). On the 30th floor there is a viewing terrace, which several suicides used to jump out of in the 50s. Security bars were installed later on. There are more than 3,000 rooms in the Palace, which are now used for various purposes. In 1989, right after communism collapsed, the office rooms in the Palace were rented by Coca-Cola, which, ironically, the communist system had seen as the symbol of the “rotten West” and was hard to get as a product.

At present it serves cultural and entertainment purposes. It houses Sala Kongresowa (a performance hall where concerts, shows and prize award events take place), the Museum of Science, 3 theatres and the cinema Kinoteka.

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Krzysztof Krawczyk

26 November 2010

Congress Hall, Palace of Culture and Science, time:20, tickets: from 70 to 180 zł

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