The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw was a gift to the Polish people from Joseph Stalin…stamping his mark on Polish capital.
Built between 1952-1955, it was to resemble the Seven Sisters of Moscow, although most Varsovians think it resembles the ugly reality of Soviet domination.
After the "thaw" of 1956, the name of the building dropped Stalin's moniker and it became the Palace of Culture and Science, though many locals refer to it as Stalin’s Penis.
The Palace of Culture and Science remains as one of the most controversial buildings in Poland.
It was only a whisker away from being pulled down when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.
Today, the Palace of Culture (Palac Kultury) still stands as the tallest structure in the city, as well as in all of Poland.
With 42 floors and over 234 metres (with 43 metres of spire alone), this epic still has the upper hand on all of its modern neighbors.
At the moment, the building serves as an exhibition hall and office complex, as well as an FM and television broadcasting centre and cinema, theatre, museum, bookshop, and conference hall fitting 3,000 people.
There is also a platform at the top of the building with magnificent views of Warsaw!