May 10, 2015

1571 POLAND (Masovia) - Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw


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. Architecturally, it is a mix of Stalinist architecture, also known as Socialist Classicism, and Polish historicism inspired by American art deco skyscrapers. Currently it is the headquarters of many companies and public institutions, scientific institutions and authorities of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

About the stamp
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.

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

Sender: Kazimierz Roman Leszczynski (direct swap)
Sent from Warsaw (Masovia / Poland), on 21.07.2013
Photo: Dariusz Krakowiak

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