Here is the rumour, conspiracy theory or you name it: sixty-or-so years ago, president of Poland was asked by russian president – what do you want as a post war gift? Tube system, bunch of block houses with few thousands of flats, for the city that was in rubble? Or the tall building, symbol of Russia?
Few thoughts – who cares about the tube? How needs to move around? No, thanks (First line was completed… in 2011. Almost 60 years later). Houses? We’ll build them on our own – 20 years later. So yes – we’ll take the skyscraper.
Every single bit of it was brought from Russia. Every stone. All of the builders were from deep Russia – they couldn’t contact with the locals, they had their own food – but they needed to stay somewhere.
So they brought some wood from Siberia, so they could build their own homes – but not all of it. Most of the houses were actually brought from Finland – there were captured by Russia as the post Finnish-Russian war reparations and later they came to Poland as part of the coal-houses exchange deal. Most of those houses ended up in south-west Poland, Silesia region – before the second world war it was a highly industrialised part of Germany. But that’s another story.
The housing estate was built very quickly. It was built as barracks (former death camp barracks) for the builders and Finnish houses for managers – it supposed to last for five years or so. They still serve well.
To the slightly different public.
University of Warsaw students. PhD students. Doctors. Professors. They all live here.
Single rooms for students. Mutual bathroom for 15 rooms on the corridor. Mutual kitchen. Yes, there is running water. Absolutely iconic and amazing place. Close to the centre of the town, very green and very quiet. Really worth a visit.
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