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Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science

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!

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Pierre09-May-2018 11:50
Une très belle mise en valeur de ce magnifique édifice! V
John Hamers06-May-2018 13:11
Impressive building and a great capture of it. !V
Liz Bickel06-May-2018 04:11
A Classic. I love perspective & the antiqued treatment. Outstanding!!!
Jola Dziubinska06-May-2018 00:01
Nice processing, well seen and done. V.
poochdad05-May-2018 17:28
An interesting history to this building. Good that it has been re-purposed.
Jeff Real05-May-2018 14:47
This is really amazing!
I love this look
Blandine Mangin05-May-2018 14:39
very beautiful compo and treatment ! v
Marcia Rules05-May-2018 14:30
This is a great image!!!!! VV
Zoltán Balogh05-May-2018 12:09
Excellent capture. V
Carl H. Johnson05-May-2018 11:49
Great information about this building!!!!
janescottcumming05-May-2018 10:53
I think that's an attractive building. It has very clean lines and lots of interest. V
Yvonne05-May-2018 10:12
Post-card perfect! v
Pete Hemington05-May-2018 07:17
A bold composition
Colin Storey05-May-2018 06:22
Great image of this impressive looking place.
Charlene Ambrose05-May-2018 05:07
Beautifully captured image of this interesting building. The history of it is very interesting. V
joseantonio05-May-2018 04:25
captured in a very special light.V.
Jim's Atavistic Visions05-May-2018 02:32
Thanks for that information. We have to get there and take a look.
Fletcher Wildlife Garden05-May-2018 02:26
Wow!! Exceptional and beautiful shot. V
Nick Paoni05-May-2018 01:54
What great architecture. Love the clock.
LynnH05-May-2018 00:21
Fantastic photo, Steph. Love the postcard look to it. V
woody3405-May-2018 00:16
A spectacular building and a finely composed shot, very impressive...V
François Fauchard04-May-2018 23:44
Excellent capture of this big building.
Helen Betts04-May-2018 23:31
Great light in this excellent capture, giving the building an entirely new look. V.
Hank Vander Velde04-May-2018 23:26
Excellent shot of this interesting structure.
Ray :)04-May-2018 23:05
I can understand why it may have come close to demolition, but I think it is important to retain it as a mark of an era.
Karl-Marx Allee in eastern Berlin is full of Soviet era buildings from the 50s and it seems that they want to keep it as a time capsule - at least from the outside.
Jim Coffman04-May-2018 22:50
That is impressive, Stephanie!!!
globalgadabout04-May-2018 22:42
not as drab as many Soviet Era buildings....still, can imagine the association with past times would make it unpopular..
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