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Palace of Parliament (Palatul Poporului)

Strada Izvor Nr. 2-4, Bucharest 050711, Romania
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Ranked #20 of 112 Attractions in Bucharest
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Landmarks
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Owner description: The world's second largest building was built as a palace for Nicolae Ceauşescu, who was overthrown and executed before it was completed.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

If you don't like stairs, this is not for you. There are 4 or 5 stories and no elevators. The Parliament Building is decorated in a classical style. It is impressive because it is so HUGE. Artistically, I though the Hungarian Parliament Building was more unique and impressive. But the Romanian Parliament had all the best of classical decoration.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

I was walking in circles just trying to see all the amazing things inside this building- having to set a specific time for our tour was nice, but make sure you book early so the times and slots aren't filled. Beautiful building, tapestries, marble, granite and paintings.

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

The second largest administrative building in the world, after the Pentagon, the Palace of Parliament is an imposing edifice, not very attractive from the outside because of the grey color, but definitely impressive inside first of all because of its architecture and then because of the expensive amount of material used (marble, chandeliers, carpets, various woods). The construction work began... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Worth a visit when in Bucharest. The tours are informative,but nothing you couldn't find out from the internet before hand. Tours are well priced at less than £5 per person,but the £6 charge to take photographs is absurd. The palace is huge,but not exactly grand. Don't let the world 'palace' confuse you-it's an ugly communist lump of a building and... More

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

what an amazing building, you have to give in your passport when entering and the tour lasts about 45minutes, you only see a fraction of the building, it is so vast. It was so interesting to see the opulence inside, and the grandeur, but again, outside there are parts that really need renovated, beautiful marble steps and pavements cracked and... More

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Not very impressive from the outside. Just a big grey building to me. Make sure you book a tour one day ahead!

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Shanghai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

This is truly an amazing building and must have nearly bankrupted Romania to have build it. It's huge and all the material used according you our guide was from Romania. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we learnt a bit of Romania's recent history. Well worth a visit

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Tvedestrand, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

This attraction is worth the money in my opinion. You will see a lot of luxury architecture and learn a lot about the building and its history. The guides are doing a great job. Remember that the entrance is at the right side if you are looking at the building from the front. If you are traveling by Metro, get... More

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Galway, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

I was here on a Sunday - arrived around 14:30 (tours until 16:00) but only one ("standard") kind of tour was still available. The tour was ok, we got to see several conference rooms and a nice round Atrium with a beautiful 7-tonne chandelier. But the house of parliament and senate could not be visited because they were not in... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

This huge building was constructed by the Romanian dictator Ceausescu. We could not go inside so drove around it and the 'matching' building across the road,which was his wife's office, the Romanian Academy today. This is yet another huge building with lofty echoing halls through which we walked in trepidation given its historical antecedents.

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