The Palace of Culture and Science

While visiting Warsaw for my first time (I had been here maybe 40 times, but always just passing by, as Poland is the road from Lithuania to the Western Europe), I could have not unnoticed the super huge building... After some chatting with my polish friends, I got some information about this building. Well, this is the Dom or Palac Kultury y Nauky, which stands for "The Palace of Culture and Science". It was the tallest building in the whole Poland, but as my friends told me, there is another new building already taller than our subject of this topic. OK, so here we start - outside the building you can find an interesting sun-clock: you just stand on some place on the ground, and your shadow shows the time (it did not show the exact time, but maybe my friends just did not read the manual, how to use it).

While visiting Warsaw for my first time (I had been here maybe 40 times, but always just passing by, as Poland is the road from Lithuania to the Western Europe), I could have not unnoticed the super huge building… After some chatting with my polish friends, I got some information about this building. Well, this is the Dom or Palac Kultury y Nauky, which stands for “The Palace of Culture and Science”. It was the tallest building in the whole Poland, but as my friends told me, there is another new building already taller than our subject of this topic. OK, so here we start – outside the building you can find an interesting sun-clock: you just stand on some place on the ground, and your shadow shows the time (it did not show the exact time, but maybe my friends just did not read the manual, how to use it).

Anyway, the building is huge, and so is the story of it… As I was told, this building is a present from Joseph Stalin himself, and there are only one or two versions of it only in Russia. But as Poland (like Lithuania) is no more a piece of huge USSR, it makes us feel somehow uncomfortable, because now we are independent… but that’s politics and feelings, so just let’s go to the Lomoside of this story. The Palace of Culture and Science is SUPER big, and it has lots of exhibition centers, a cinema, museums, shops and so on… Some digits for your interest: it is 230.68 meters high and there are 3288 rooms on 42 floors. About architecture of it: like I said, this building is closely related to several similar skyscrapers built in Russia (f.e. Moscow State University) and there are walls headed with pieces of masonry copied from renaissance houses and palaces of Kraków and Zamość. One interesting thing – you can get up to the top of it (well, almost to the top) where there’s a panoramic viewing spot. You can see the whole Warsaw from there. So take your tele-lenses for Zenith (I forgot, so had to use only my small cameras) and high ISO films, as it is very dark there.

http://www.pkin.pl/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_of_Culture_and_Science

written by jogintas on 2008-04-27 in #world #locations

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