Palace of the Parliament
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- Palace of the ParliamentMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4Oct 26, 2013
The Palace of the Parliament is noteworthy as the largest office building in Europe. It was constructed by the late communist dictator Ceausescu during the 1980's. Whole neighborhoods were demolished to erect this monstrosity. I remember approaching it from the Unirii Plaza, which is at least a kilometer away and it looked pretty big. As we got closer and closer the building rose up even higher before us.
- Palace of the ParliamentAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Oct 19, 2013
The Romanian people, myself included, are not especially proud of former dictator's Ceausescu mammoth building, known to be the second largest in the world after the Pentagon, due to the destruction it caused. But it is noteworthy due to its functions today, hosting both chambers of the Romanian Parliament. There is also a Contemporary Art Museum inside which is certainly a breath of fresh air, in particular Mircea Cantor's exhibition.
- Palace of the ParliamentMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 2Dec 13, 2013
The People’s House is located in the historical and geographical centre of Bucharest. It was built on the site of the old “Uranus” neighbourhood which was entirely put to the ground in order to achieve this grand piece of architecture. A lot of important buildings disappeared in this process, among which the “Vacaresti” Monastery, the “Brancovenesc” hospital, the National Archives or the “Republica” Stadium.
Due to its surface of 330.000 m², the building stands in the “Book of Records” as the second biggest administrative building in the world, after the Pentagon building. Moreover, the volume of the building in a total of 2.550.000 m³, assured its place in the top three largest buildings in the world.
The Palace of Parliament is also the most expensive administrative building in the world, being recently estimated (in 2006) at around 4 billion dollars. It was mostly built with Romanian resources, the only exceptions are the doors of ‘Nicolae Balcescu’ hall which are made out of mahogany wood and were a gift from the president of Zaire, Mobutu Sese Seko, for Nicolae Ceausescu.
Anca Petrescu, the architect of the building, led a team of 700 architects and 20.000 construction workers who joined forces in order to build the enormous building. The Palace of Parliament, also known as ‘The People’s House’ before the Revolution (1989, when the Communism was abolished), has impressive dimensions: 270 m over 240 m, 86 meters in hight and 92 meters underground. It also has 12 levels above the ground.
By the time of the Revolution (1989), only a few halls and the exterior of the building were finished. The renovation went on until 1997 when it becomes The Palace of Parliament.
The Palace of Parliament nowadays hosts the Deputy’s Chamber, The Senate of Romania, The Contemporary Art National Museum, the headquarters of South-East European Cooperation Initiative.
The 10 halls and galleries host a number of performances, conferences, concerts, expositions, theatre plays and many more.
The Palace is open for visitations and it makes visitation programs in many international languages available for tourists.Recommended for:History Buffs
- Palace of the ParliamentJul 07, 2012
The second biggest building in the world, after the Pentagon, and a monument to a dictator's megalomania. Ceaucescu wanted a palace to rival Versailles and destroyed 1/9 of the city of Bucharest to accommodate his delusion of grandeur. 12 stories, over 3000 rooms, big is not always better, it's frankly an architectural monstrosity. Unfinished, of course, his struggling if not starving people overthrew his regime in the Romanian Revolution of 1989 and the project stopped.
- Palace of the ParliamentMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 2Dec 13, 2013
Even though other people had told us that the Palace of the Parliament was huge, neither my sister nor I had truly expected how big it would be. It's a goliath of a building and very impressive to see. We really were only able to see it from the outside (wasn't sure if we could go inside anyway), but it was the highlight of our Bucharest tour. There's a subway across the street, so it's easy to get to via public transportation, but the area around the parliament building was also fun to walk around. The park across the street is also a great place to people watch.
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