Poland: Warsaw – Palace of Culture

Warsaw’s Palace of Culture stands as a reminder of Poland’s socialist past. The building, erected in 1955, is often called the “eighth Stalin’s sister”, in addition to seven similar building in Moscow in Russia, known as “Stalin’s Seven Sisters”. The similarities are striking and all the buildings were designed and built by the same Soviet architect – Lev Rudnev. Actually, when completed in 1950s, the building was called Joseph Stalin’s Palace of Culture and Science. At 237 m (778 ft), this is the second tallest building in Poland, and sixth tallest in all of the European Union. Until 2002, it was the tallest clock tower in the world (now – Japan’s Docomo building in Tokyo).