Palace of Culture and Science Warsaw
History of the Palace of Culture and Science
The founder of the idea of having a tall building in
The designer of the construction was Lev Rudnev – Soviet Russian architect, who also has the design of the Seven Sisters in Moscow to his name. The architecture is very similar to the Main Building of Moscow State University. Originally it had to be 120m high. And eventually, the construction that took place between 1952 and 1955 was allowed to stop at 230m.
About 4000 Polish construction workers and the same amount of Russians worked on the project. Guest workers were offered accommodation in the
All while the Polish citizens had to build the cities and villages after the war and the children in
On March 7, 1953, two days after the death of Joseph Stalin, the Communist Council of Ministers in Poland decided to name the building after this leader. At the same time, it was decided to place a monument in front of the building. And even a contest was announced, which unfortunately did not yield satisfactory results. In the end, the monument was never made.
Nowadays, the building’s design is still the same as in the early days. The Palace of Culture and Science is encircled by monuments of national heroes. However, the prime function of it was the promotion of culture and science, and it still is.
Since its inception, the Palace of Culture has been the tallest building in Poland, with a height of 237 meters. The building was the symbol of the Soviet rule of Poland and therefore, not loved by the Poles. There were many noises to demolish the building; however, the demolition would be costly, and consequently, it was never carried out.
Resistance to the building has declined, as several skyscrapers have been built around it, and the Palace is less of an urban silhouette. In 2007, the building received protected status as a monument. In the building, you will find four theaters, four museums, a cinema, a few bars and cafes and even a swimming pool (although not open to the public)!
In 2000, four dials were hung, with a diameter of 6.3 meters. This makes the building the second tallest clock tower in the world.
Warsaw’s Palace of Culture – loved and hated by its inhabitants
What is the most beautiful place in Warsaw? The 30th floor of the Palace of Culture and Science, because from there you can not see the Palace of Culture – it was a joke in the Polish People’s Republic. It shows the mixed feelings of the Polish population about the Culture Palace, which is nowadays used as a tourist office, Palace and museum. There have been plans to demolish it because it was too reminiscent of communism.
Today, many companies are located in the Palace of Culture and Science. It is also the place in
Here you have a magnificent view over
What not to miss when visiting the Palace of Culture and Science
One of the best things to do in
An exciting visit for those who love to see the right artifacts of a technology. One of the other museums in the building is the Dollhouse Museum, where you can admire the collection of 130 historical dolls and accessories.
When you are not that into museums, but love to see the architecture and interior, you can book special trips through local tour operators on the website of the Palace.
Another option is to relax and see a movie in one of the theaters inside the building. They have a wide range of movies playing there, including movies with English subtitles.
The building is located in the middle of the city, making it hard to miss. It is easily accessible by public transport. Bus, tram, and metro all stop nearby. If you get off at the stop pl. Defilad, then you are just a few minutes walks from the Palace of Culture and Science.
Opening hours Palace of Culture and Science
The Palace of Culture and Science is open every day from 09:00 to 18:00.
In the summer months from June to August, even until 20:00.
Entrance fees to the panoramic terrace from € 5.00