Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw (Poland) - highest building in Poland
Location show on map
1 Warsaw Parade Square, Warsaw, Poland
Date of build
May 2, 1952 - construction begins
1955 - completion of construction
- Other building names: PKiN, Pałac Kultury i Nauki im. Józefa Stalina
- Building type: Office building, Museum
- Architectural style: Art Deco, Socrealism
- Material: stone, sandstone
Height: 237 m - to the top of the spire
167.68 m - without a needle
- Area: 123 084 m² (1 324 876 ft²)
- Capacity: 817.000 m³ (28.840 100 ft³) - cubic capacity
- Architect: Lew Rudniew
The tallest building in Poland, has 42 floors. On the 30th floor, at a height of 114 m, there is an observation deck.
There are 3288 rooms in the Palace of Culture.
Skyscraper was erected as a gift of the Soviet nation for Poland. The originator of the project was Józef Stalin.
Architect LW Rudniew wanted the office building to be in the Polish style, so he visited well-known cities, for example: Krakow, Chełm, Zamość, in order to collect the necessary information and get acquainted with Polish architecture.
Rudniew and his team created five projects, the Poles chose a 120-meter building, but their ambitions were much larger, which allowed them to build a much larger building.
About 3,500 Russian workers took part in the construction, who lived in a specially built housing estate with a cinema, canteen, lounge and swimming pool.
During the construction, 16 Russians were killed in accidents at work. In 1956, a series of suicidal jumps from the terrace on the 30th floor began, first the Frenchman jumped, seven Poles jumped after him. After these incidents it was decided to set up bars.
On the New Year's Eve at the top of the Palace of Culture, the largest clock in Europe was unveiled, its four dials have diameters of 6 meters each. It is also the highest clock tower in Europe
Official website: http://www.pkin.pl