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Gliwice Canal and the Nowa Wieś lock, photo: Wojciech Wojcik / Forum

Where can you sail on grass? Which canal crosses a river, and which one foiled the plans of the Prussians? Culture.pl presents six incredible works of nature and human labour from Poland’s waterways.

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Covers of the books Polegli na polu chwały 1939-1945 (Fallen in the Field of Glory 1939-1945) and Towarzyszom broni 1944-1945 (To the Brothers in Arms 1944-1945), 1970, photo source: www.polishphotobook.tumblr.com

This is not just a propagandist photographic document, but also, perhaps even especially from today's perspective, an atlas of social realist and socialist modernist sculptures and monuments: from classic obelisks and figural groups to more or less expressive and abstract forms in stone and concrete.

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Fallen in the Field of Glory 1939- 1945 and To the Brothers in Arms 1944-1945. Photographs: Adam Kaczkowski, Teodor Hermańczyk, Henryk Hermanowicz, Feliks Zwierzchowski, graphic design: Maciej Hibner, publisher: Ruch Publishing House, Warsaw, 1970.

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Paweł Althamer, Rubber (Guma), 2009,  photo courtesy of Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

Why dedicate a monument to Copernicus or the Pope, if you can instead raise one to your local hero – Mr. Rubber.

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Monument to the Heroes of Warsaw 1939-1945 (The Warsaw Nike), photo by Krzysztof Żuczkowski / Forum

The Nike monument is one of the most recognizable symbols of Warsaw, even though it went through a move from the representative Theatre Square to the East-West thoroughfare.

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List of over one hundred of the largest and most significant historical buildings in Poland.

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