In the tram I realized that on Saturday I had actually been in correct tram… For some reason the line took a long extra lap around a big park (so that was the thing with the woods…), and that’s why I was misleaded. Well, life is full of learning.
When I exited the tram I faced loooong queues to the Zoo; families with children had came to spend Sun-day to the Zoo. I didn’t feel like standing in a queue, so I took the different direction to find the fountain and maybe something else, too. Firstly I ran into (figuratively speaking) this huge building “Centennial Hall”, or nowadays known as People’s Hall. This building represents modern and innovative design (by Max Berg). One characteristic feature is the concrete dome with span 65 meters; at the time (1913) it was the largest in the world (The Pantheon 44 m, Hagia Sophia 31 m) and therefore there were doubts concerning it’s stability. There it still stays anyhow! The Hall was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Napoleon’s defeat at Leipzig. Nowadays it is a place for trade fairs and concerts, and also a sightsee for tourists. For this part, thanks to “A Guidebook to Wroclaw” but also to Jarek and Michal.
|Centennial Hall - People's Hall - Hala Stulecia - Hala Ludowa. Sorry for camera which does not handle taaaall items very well.|
In front of the Centennial Hall there is a monument called Iglica. It is a memory from Soviet times, and the story of this monument is told by “Wroclaw in Your Pocket” guide in more amusing way that historical facts usually are, so I refer their text here.