The Palace of Culture and Science (Pałac Kultury i Nauki, or PKiN) in Warsaw is a modernist high-rise building constructed between 1952 and 1955. With a height of 237m, it is still the tallest building in Poland and the 6th tallest in the European Union. Its 3288 rooms on 42 floors house several public and cultural institutions. It is a listed building since 2007.
Since Russian architect Lev Rudnev designed it in a style similar to the "Seven Sisters" skyscrapers in Moscow, it is also referred to as the Eighth Sister. 40,000,000 bricks were used to build the tower which is decorated with 550 ornamental sculptures. During its constructions, 16 of the 3500 workers of the Soviet Union died in accidents.
The over 6 meter-heigh clock faces were added to the top of the building in 1999, making it until 2002 the world's tallest clock tower.
Palace of Culture and Science - facade
Palace of Culture and Science - facade
Palace of Culture and Science - illuminated facade at night
Palace of Culture and Science - illuminated facade at night
At 114 meters, the terrace on the 30th floor offers a panoramic view over the city.
viewing terrace entrance
viewing terrace entrance
Palace of Culture and Science - staircase
Palace of Culture and Science - staircase
Palace of Culture and Science - staircase
Palace of Culture and Science - staircase
The first concert of a major western rock group behind the Iron Curtain also happened inside the Palace of Culture and Sciences in Warsaw. On April 13, 1967, The Rolling Stones played here, a stop on their European Tour promoting the album Between the Buttons.
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