Centennial Hall - Hala Stulecia, Wroclaw

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    Pillars of the former entrance hall
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    Iglica - The Needle

    by Kathrin_E Written Sep 2, 2014

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    The Needlein front of Hala Stulecia is a post-war addition. In 1948 an exhibition with political intentions took place in the now Polish city; it presented the “re-acquired territories” and the three years of rebuilding since the end of the war. Its symbol was the steel needle, originally surrounded by three arches. Its total height is 96 metres - originally it was even 10 metres more but the top was damaged in a thunderstorm soon after its completion.

    Together with the huge dome of Hala Stulecia, the Needle has become a landmark in the eastern parts of the cityscape.

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    Hala Stulecia

    by Kathrin_E Written Sep 2, 2014

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    Originally named Jahrhunderthalle, Hala Stulecia is an extraordinary example of early armed concrete architecture. The architect Max Berg designed it in 1911, two years later the magnificent dome was completed. The free width of the dome is 65 m and at that time it was the largest dome in the world. Its stepped outline has become a landmark in the eastern parts of the city.
    The hall is part of the exhibition grounds which was designed in the early 20th century. The so-called Jahrhundertausstellung (century/centennial exhibition) took place in 1913 to commemorate the centennial of the victory over Napoleon. The grounds combine buildings, park and open water in a way which was ultra modern at that time. In the 1920s and 1930 more exhibition halls were built. So don’t overlook the other buildings which were also part of the concept. The Japanese Garden and the little wooden church in the park (see separate tips) are remains of that exhibition, too, dito the entrance with the columns, the fountain and the pergola. The former entrance gate of the exhibition grounds is now the main entrance to the zoo on the opposite side of the street.

    In the socalist era the hall was renamed Hala Ludowa, People’s Hall. In some city maps this name still appears. Only since very recently the common name is Hala Stulecia again, the Polish translation of the original German name.

    The steel Needle (Iglica) in front of the hall is a post-war addition that originates from an exhibition in 1948 (see separate tip).

    Entering the grounds is free. The Japanese garden charges a small entrance fee. In some side rooms of the Hala there is a small exhibition about the buildings and their history which I did not see, though. I cannot tell you about the official rules for visiting the interior of the hall. I was lucky and got in twice without paying anything;-) The first time there was a chess tournament for children taking place, they just had intermission and families, coaches, spectators and whoever walked in and out, so I just walked in and pretended to belong there. The second visit took place on their ‘open day’ so visiting was again free.

    Getting there: Tram 1, 2, 4 or 10 stop next to Hala Stulecia.

    Hall and Needle seen from my window Hall and fountain Children's chess tournament
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    Hala Stulecia (Jahrhunderthalle)

    by german_eagle Written Aug 31, 2014

    Centennial Hall is what puts Wroclaw on the UNESCO world heritage list. This festival hall is a huge ferroconcrete construction, built 1911 - 13. Architect was Max Berg. When it was completed the dome was the largest in the world - it has a width of 65 m.

    Centennial Hall is part of Wroclaw's exhibition area, designed by Max Poelzig, which includes some more pavillions and halls, and is located in Park Szczytnicki. Max Poelzig also designed the pergola around the pond north of Centennial Hall, which was unfortunately not accessible when we visited - they had a festival of some sort. The good thing was that they charged no admission for the hall itself. Usually there's a (small) admission fee.

    The dome is very impressive. The ridges of the ferroconcrete construction are huge. Definitely try to go up to the balconies, it's a different view. They also have a pretty good souvenir shop.

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    Hala Stulecia (Hala Ludowa, Jahrhunderthalle)

    by Airpunk Updated Jun 11, 2013

    The „Centennial Exhibition“ of 1913 was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Prussia's Vicory over Napoleon. At that time, Wroclaw was part of the German Empire and better known under its German name Breslau. The centerpiece of the exhibition grounds was the Centennial Hall (Jahrhunderthalle, Hala Ludowa or Hala Stulecia). The hall was inspired by Festhalle in Frankfurt but has a larger dome made of concrete. As an early representative of reinforced concrete architecture, it was declared an UNESCO World Heritage site in 2006.

    There is an excellent permanent exhibition about the hall with information in Polish, English and German. At the end of the exhibition you can have a look into the main hall from a balcony. This part of Hala Stulecia is called discovery center and has a separate website. Guided tours are available upon request, entry fee is 12 PLN for adults (as of 2013), check their page for concessions and opening times.

    Outside have a look at the fountain and the pergola. From the old entrance hall, only the pillars remain. The Pavillon of the Four Domes (Pawilon Czterech Kopuł) was built for the 1913 exhibition as well and will house the Museum of Modern Art once the refurbishment is completed. The sculpture in front of the Pavillon is called Iglica (needle) and was the centerpiece of an 1948 exhibition held here to celebrate the regained Polish control over Silesia and other territories after WWII.

    Address: Wystawowa 1, Wroclaw

    Directions: Southeast to the old town, take tram 1,2,4 or 10 to get there.

    Website: http://www.halastulecia.pl/

    Hala Stulecia Pillars of the former entrance hall Pavillon of the Four Domes The Pergola Hala Stuleica, my Polish buddy and me
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    Hala Stulecia (Hala Ludowa, Jahrhunderthalle)

    by Airpunk Written Jun 11, 2013

    The „Centennial Exhibition“ of 1913 was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Prussia's Vicory over Napoleon. At that time, Wroclaw was part of the German Empire and better known under its German name Breslau. The centerpiece of the exhibition grounds was the Centennial Hall (Jahrhunderthalle, Hala Ludowa or Hala Stulecia). The hall was inspired by Festhalle in Frankfurt but has a larger dome made of concrete. As an early representative of reinforced concrete architecture, it was declared an UNESCO World Heritage site in 2006.

    There is an excellent permanent exhibition about the hall with information in Polish, English and German. At the end of the exhibition you can have a look into the main hall from a balcony. This part of Hala Stulecia is called discovery center and has a separate website. Guided tours are available upon request, entry fee is 12 PLN for adults (as of 2013), check their page for concessions and opening times.

    Outside have a look at the fountain and the pergola. From the old entrance hall, only the pillars remain. The Pavillon of the Four Domes (Pawilon Czterech Kopuł) was built for the 1913 exhibition as well and will house the Museum of Modern Art once the refurbishment is completed. The sculpture in front of the Pavillon is called Iglica (needle) and was the centerpiece of an 1948 exhibition held here to celebrate the regained Polish control over Silesia and other territories after WWII.

    Address: Wystawowa 1 Wrocaw

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    Centennial Hall & Szczytnicki Park

    by Ben-UK Written Nov 29, 2011

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    About 3km to the east of the Rynek you can visit the Centennial Hall and the beautiful Japanese Garden in Szczytnicki Park. The reinforced concrete hall was constructed in 1913 and the architect was Max Berg - the hall was included in the UNESCO World Heritage of Culture List in 2006. next to the hall is a large lake with water fountains and it'a a very pleasant place to wander around. If you go, do go into the Japanese Gardens (3zl entrance in 2011) and walk along the many paths amongst delightful flowers and trees and cross the wooden bridges over the lakes.

    To get there you can take a tram and get off at HALA LUDOWA (STULECIA) stop - it takes about 20 minutes from the city centre :-
    from Galeria Dominikanska tram nos: 2, 4 and 10 towards Biskupin

    Address: Szczytnicki Park

    Directions: About 3km east of the Rynek, across the river

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    Hala Stulecia (Centennial Hall)

    by AgnusRafferty Updated Aug 15, 2008

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    The Centennial Hall, a landmark in the history of reinforced concrete architecture, was erected in 1911-1913 by the architect Max Berg as a multi-purpose recreational building, situated in the World Exhibition Grounds. In form it is a symmetrical quatrefoil with a vast circular central space that can seat some 6,000 persons. The 23m-high dome is topped with a lantern in steel and glass.

    It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006.

    Address: Wystawowa 1, Wroclaw

    Directions: GPS coordinates:
    Car parking at Wystawowa street: 51°06'28"N, 17°04'26"E

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    Centennial Hall in Wroclaw on World Heritage List

    by wroclawiak Written Sep 22, 2006

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    Text from: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1165

    The Centennial Hall (Jahrhunderthalle in German and Hala Ludowa in Polish), a landmark in the history of reinforced concrete architecture, was erected in 1911-1913 by Max Berg, at the time municipal architect in Breslau, as the Polish city of Wroc³aw was called at the time, when it was part of Germany. The Centennial Hall, a multi-purpose recreational building, is a centrally-planned structure situated on the Exhibition Grounds. The structure of the Centennial Hall is a symmetrical quatrefoil form with a vast circular central space (65m diameter, 42m high) that can seat some 6,000 persons. The 23m-high dome is topped with a lantern in steel and glass. The windows are made of exotic hardwood and, in order to improve the acoustics, the walls are covered with an insulating layer of concrete mixed with wood or cork. The elevations have no decoration or ornament, but the exposed concrete texture is marked with the imprints of the wooden formwork. On the west side of the Centennial Hall is a monumental square modelled like an ancient forum. On its north side is the Four-Dome Pavilion designed by architect Hans Poelzig in 1912 to house an historical exhibition. In the northern section of the Exhibition Grounds, Poelzig designed a concrete pergola surrounding an artificial pond. Adjacent to the entrance is the office building of the company administrating the Exhibition Grounds (Breslauer Messe A.G.), built in 1937 to the design by Richard Konwiarz. A monumental gateway leading to the forum, is in the form of a colonnade with reinforced concrete columns, designed by Max Berg in 1924. The Centennial Hall is a pioneering work of modern engineering and architecture, which exhibits an important interchange of influences in the early 20th century, becoming a key reference in the later development of reinforced concrete structures.

    Directions: in the town district: Biskupin

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