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Palac Kultury I Nauki, Warsaw

1 Pl. Defilad
Poland 00-901
Tel: 48 22 656 6000's insider take:

The Palace of Culture and Sciences was in theory a gift from Stalin, in practice an omnipotent symbol of Soviet supremacy. The palace feels like an ancient relic and Cold War souvenir (giant statues of heroic workers guard its portals). Ride the elevator to the observation deck on the 30th floor, where the view over the city is impressive; the ground floor of this Stalinist temple has become a showcase for Western culture, and the huge congress hall, once a venue for Communist party functions, now hosts Warsaw's two annual jazz festivals.

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