December 8, 2017

1571, 3213 POLAND (Mazovia) - Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw


Posted on 10.05.2015, 08.12.2017
With its 231m height (which includes a 43m high spire), the Palace of Culture and Science is the tallest building in Poland and the eighth tallest building in the European Union. Built in three years according to the design of the Soviet architect Lev Rudnev, almost entirely by 3500 workers from the Soviet Union, the structure was conceived as a "gift from the Soviet people to the Polish nation", and was completed in 1955. The building was originally known as the Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science (Pałac Kultury i Nauki imienia Józefa Stalina), but in the wake of destalinization the dedication to Stalin was revoked.


Architecturally, it is a mix of Stalinist architecture, also known as Socialist Classicism, and Polish historicism inspired by American art deco skyscrapers. The monumental walls are headed with pieces of masonry copied from Renaissance houses and palaces of Kraków and Zamość. Currently it is the center for various companies, public institutions and cultural activities such as concerts, cinemas, theaters, libraries, sports clubs, universities, scientific institutions and authorities of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

About Warsaw as a whole, but also about others landmarks of the city, you can read in another post, here.
About the stamp
On the postcard 1571
The stamp is part of the serie issued in 2013 as part of Europe Stamp, with the theme Van of the Postman, about which I wrote here.

On the postcard 3213
The stamps are part of the series Flowers and Fruits, about which I wrote here.

Palace of Culture and Science - Wikipedia
Palace of Culture and Science - Official website

Sender 1571: Kazimierz Roman Leszczynski (direct swap)
Sent from Warsaw (Masovia / Poland), on 21.07.2013
Photo: Dariusz Krakowiak
Sender 3213: Miroslaw Zarnowski (direct swap)
Sent from Pleszew (Greater Poland / Poland), on 29.11.2017
Design and photos: Miroslaw Zarnowski

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