Poland

Poland

Rock, Wroclaw

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Rock Duck, another cousin of Luck Duck Sheila attended a fabulous concert featuring “Rammstein“. The concert was great, the pyrotechnic display a thrill, the heat could be felt all over the stadion. The supply of beer at the drink stands however was a disaster, much too slow and the beer was sold out early.

The name Rammstein relates to the Air Force Base in Germany “Ramstein”, written with 2 “MM” as band members admit by their ignorance. Members of the band were arrested in Worcester, Massachusetts USA 1998 for lewd and lascivious behaviour on stage during the controversy song “Bück dich” (bend down). The popular german band (style “Neue Deutsche Härte” New German Hardness compare “Neue Deutsche Welle” of the 80’ths) singing in german language was able to fill Madison Square Garden New York 2010.

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Wieliczka Salt Mine

The Wieliczka Salt Mine, located in the town of Wieliczka in southern Poland. The mine continuously produced table salt from the 13th century until 2007 as one of the world’s oldest operating salt mines. It is believed to be the world’s 14th-oldest company still in operation.

The mine’s attractions for tourists include dozens of statues and an entire chapel that has been carved out of the rock salt by the miners. About 1.2 million people visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine annually.

Commercial mining was discontinued in 1996 due to low salt prices and mine flooding.

The Wieliczka salt mine reaches a depth of 327 meters and is over 300 km long. It features a 3.5-km touring route for visitors (less than 1% of the length of the mine’s passages) that includes historic statues and mythical figures. The oldest sculptures were carved out of rock salt by miners; more recent figures have been fashioned by contemporary artists. Even the crystals of the chandeliers are made from rock salt that has been dissolved and reconstituted to achieve a clear, glass-like appearance. The rock salt is naturally grey in various shades, so that the carvings resemble unpolished granite rather than the white or crystalline look that many visitors expect. The carvings may appear white in the photos, but the actual carved figures are not white.






Cracow

at the Rynek Główny in front of St. Mary’s Basilica.

Sandomierz






Zamość





Lublin






Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw

The Palace of Culture and Science (Pałac Kultury i Nauki) in Warsaw is the tallest building in Poland and the eighth tallest building in the European Union. The building was originally known as the Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science, and looks like a true “Stalin cake”.

Construction started in 1952 and lasted until 1955. A gift from the Soviet Union to the people of Poland, the tower was constructed, using Soviet plans, almost entirely by 3500 workers from the Soviet Union, of whom 16 died in accidents during the construction. The Soviets were housed at a new suburban complex at Poland’s expense, complete with its own cinema, food court, community centre and the swimming pool. The architecture of the building is closely related to several similar skyscrapers built in the Soviet Union of the same era, most notably the Moscow State University. However, the main architect Lev Rudnev incorporated some Polish architectural details into the project by traveling around Poland and seeing the architecture. The monumental walls are headed with pieces of masonry copied from renaissance houses and palaces of Kraków and Zamość

Shortly after opening, the building hosted the 5th World Festival of Youth and Students. Many visiting dignitaries toured the Palace, and it also hosted performances by notable international artists, such as a 1967 concert by the Rolling Stones, the first by a major western rock group behind the Iron Curtain. In 1985, it hosted the historical Leonard Cohen concert, surrounded by many political expectations, which were avoided by Cohen in his prolonged introductions during the three-hour show.

Royal Castle

The Royal Castle in Warsaw (Polish: Zamek Królewski w Warszawie) is a castle residency and was the official residence of the Polish monarchs. It is located in the Castle Square, at the entrance to the Warsaw Old Town.

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