Centennial Hall

Hala Stulecia (Cenruty hall) also called Civil Hall was built in 1911–1913 by design by a German architect in an expressionist style. It is the most popular piece of Wroclaw modernist art. In 2006 the Hall was added to the UNESCO list of world’s heritage.

The construction of the Hall is connected to one hundred anniversary of publishing “To my people” in 1813 by Fryderyk Wilhelm III. It called to oppose Napoleon and winning Napoleon by Lipsk. Moreover, this anniversary was decided to celebrate by an exhibition that presented the history and economic achievements in Silesia. And there war special organ designed and made by Sauer company that still operates in Frankfurt by the Oder, that was placed in the Hall. Before WWII there were not only exhibitions taking place in the Hall but also there were big massive parties going on; this is the place where Adolf Hitler had his speech to his supporters in 1932 and 1933. 

At the time of its construction, the Hall was a unique building in the world. It had the biggest concrete decking. It is 42 m high, its dome is 67 meters in diameter. The maximum width of Hall’s interior is 95 meters, available space is 14000 m2. Besides the central part, there were also planned 56 other rooms for exhibitions, a big lobby circling the main room, and a whole building was calculated for 10 000 people.

In front of the Hall, there is a steel column, so-called Iglica. It is 96 meters high, was placed on 03.07.1948 in the exhibition area in reference to “The exhibition of the reclaimed land” that was beginning there,

behind the Hall there is a great pergola which is a place of relaxing and peace for people of wrocław. Since 2009 it is also a place for multimedia fountain show.

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