Warsaw Palace of Culture: Stalin’s unwanted gift to Poland

Posted by on October 16, 2012

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It is very common that we all have received an unwanted gift at some point in our lives. Most of the time, we hide it away from us and hoping that no other person will discover the gift. Well, in the case of Stalin it was different. This is where he decided to give a gift to the people of Poland in the year 1951. It is something that can’t be kept. He built a colossal tower at the centre of the Warsaw. Stalin wanted that building to be the tallest one in Poland. In this case, this is maybe an unwanted gift however hiding it is not even an option because it is large. The peak of the Palace of Culture and Science, after almost sixty years since its completion, still marks as the highest one in the skyline of Warsaw until today. And this due to its 188 meters high roof topped along with its 43 meter flagpole.

Palace of Culture and Science night

Palace of Culture and Science night

Palace of Culture and Science night

Palace of Culture and Science night

However, a lot has changed since the skyscraper was opened in the year 1955. Warsaw is better described as Gotham City of Batman rather than a European capital. At first it was named to be the grand title of the Palace of Culture and Science by Joxef Stalin. After opening, the building slump the name of its Russian sponsor due to taking over Kruschev in the Kremlin. Because of that, the control of Stalin was denounced quickly. But, as you enter the building, you can still see the name of Stalin scratched by means of the stonework. The building is still reminiscent of the Stalin leadership.

Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science day

Palace of Culture and Science day

For several years, the people of Warsaw remembered their entrapment under the power of their great neighbour to the east whenever they looked up at the huge building overlooking the whole city. As a result, in order to celebrate the glorious achievements of the people in Poland, the workers of their government are expected to parade with pride outside the building every year.

Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science

On the other hand, many have planned to pull down the Palace of Culture and Science. There are plans of demolishing the structure. In addition to that, a lot of people considered it as an ugly memory since it is an unwanted reminder of a past that people there were keen to leave behind. But, the Palace of Culture and Science still survived and it is one of the most visited places in the city. In fact, it is the home of Da Vinci exhibition today. Visiting Poland will never be complete without seeing the structure. There are a lot of memorabilia of the once glorious reign of Stalin who was a strong leader of Russia.

Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science

photo 1: Savepandas, photo 2: The Ridg, photo 3: Moldovia, photo 4: Bill Hails, photo 5 & 7: mong789, photo 6: Samuel Kruezer, photo 8: DukeofUddebo.

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