Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science
Nice lift.

Nice lift.

If you visit one room per day at the Palace of Culture and Science, then it will take nine years to see all rooms in this building. This is an information I read from a poster in a toilet cubicle in the mall Zloty Terassy.

I read this on the last evening of our Warsaw visit. What a pity, because we visited the palace on our first day and all we saw was the terrace on the 30th floor plus a sleepy coffee shop and closed boutiques on the lower floors.

The terrace had a nice panoramic view of the city, we saw buildings, among them polish shops Cropp Town, Reserved and House, where we bought garments.

We would’ve liked to linger in the terrace but it was too windy.

The sleepy coffee shop

The sleepy coffee shop

According to our friend, the polish pilot, there is even a museum, “Museum of Evolution”, showing dinosaur bones in the building.

The palace is the tallest building in Poland and the eight tallest in EU. It is Warsaw’s landmark.

It was completed in 1955, a gift from the Soviets to the Poles, and thereby hated by many. The feeling persists even today, according to a tourist brochure. It reminds people of Soviet domination and communism.

Hubby said that the building looks exactly like Moscow State University and other Soviet skyskrapers.

Terrace on the 30th floor

Terrace on the 30th floor

Its interiors are, for me, art deco. The “communist” atmosphere pervades, especially in the coffeeshop where we sat. It felt like time stood there, back to the 1980s. But we stayed in the coffeeshop due to the rain.

In the evening, it is illuminated by colorful lights. It’s a lovely sight.

We lived at Bagno Street, very near the palace, so we passed by it every day and night.

 

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