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Palac Kultury i Nauki Warszawa (Palace of Culture and Science), Warsaw

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Contact: +48 22 656 7600/+48 22 656 7676/+48 22 656 7768
Open Hours: 9a-6p daily
Poles either love or hate Pałac Kultury i Nauki. However it is a spectacular structure and offers the best view in Warsaw . The towering palace was built in the 1950s as a gift from Stalin to the Polish nation and stands 234 meters (767 feet) high with 3288 rooms, including three theaters, a swimming pool, a museum and a congress hall for 3000 people. It took only three years to complete and was finished while surrounding areas were still in ruins. Formerly known as the Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science, the monument was constructed by workers from the Soviet Union, then ruled by Stalin. The building is reminiscent of old grand Russian architecture. Stalin's name was later removed when Communism was dethroned and Poland became a free state. The building also hosts various fairs, exhibitions, art shows and music events.