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Palace of Culture

Large house of culture, major club-house (thus named especially in socialist societies) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Palace of Culture (Russian: Дворец культуры, romanized: dvorets kultury, Chinese: 文化宫, wénhuà gōng, German: Kulturpalast) or House of Culture (Polish: dom kultury) is a common name (generic term) for major club-houses (community centres) in the former Soviet Union and the rest of the Eastern bloc.

Gorbunov Palace of Culture
Peasants' Palace of Culture in Dajipu township, Huangshi Municipality, Hubei, China

In the Soviet Union, the system of House of Cultures was based on already existing Imperial Russian system of People's House that was established back in 1880s. It has several variations such as Palace of Arts, Palace of Sports, Palace of Pioneers, Palace of Metallurgists, House of the Red Army and others.