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Atlas Obscura The Roundabout where Poland and Tibet Meet

The independence of Tibet is a very sensitive issue for most, made difficult by political pressure from China, which makes it difficult for officials to speak out on the topic. Despite this, a semi-official Free Tibet monument has been the center of its own controversy in Poland’s capital.

The roundabout and impromptu art gallery underneath an overpass were the brainchildren of counselor Kubiak of Warsaw in preparation for a visit of the Dalai Lama. They were painted by artists in various images related to the mountain country, and the roundabout was to be named “the free Tibet roundabout.” You’d expect the story to end there, but that is just the beginning.

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