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Palace of Parliament (Palatul Poporului)

Strada Izvor Nr. 2-4 | Bucharest, Romania, Bucharest 050711, Romania
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Ranked #17 of 112 Attractions in Bucharest
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings
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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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

This palace is unique in its vast size and quirky style both inside and out.The interiors are mainly of marble and borrow from every conceivable culture. Although it can be seen as over the top, and the vanity product of a misguided dictator, these things can be said of many of the world's top sights. All I can say is... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This building is certainly worth a visit. On one hand you can see a lot of beautiful rooms, sealings, stairs, artwork, etc, etc. On the other hand it's a historical wittness of the rain of the old dictator, who preferred to throw money to this prestigious project, in stead of creating a decent life for the common people.

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Bucharest, Romania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

if you like history this is the place for you. it is interesting to see how crazy Nicolae Ceaușescu was, and to see the palace

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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Since it is considered to be a mandatory stop when coming in Bucharest, we went to visit this impressive building. First I want to point out that the building itself is impressive as expected and I was not disappointed ... Instead it was the attitude of employees that bothered me and the fact that no indications were given to us.... More

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Los Angeles, Ca
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Tour covers a small portion of the palace but includes enough to get the feel for things. As ostentatious as you would anticipate. A glimpse into the era. Bring your passport as they hold it while you are on the tour and return it as you leave.

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This is one of the worlds largest building (okay second largest) and is a truly beautiful building started by the worst person in Romanian history. Tours are available but bring your passport or they will not allow you to tour. The rooms, decorations and scale are something to see.

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Iroquois, Canada
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64 reviews 64 reviews
15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Make this your first stop in Bucharest as the building tells a story of the Romanian people that can not be truly captured otherwise.

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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

There is nothing like this white elephant anywhere else in Europe, and it admirably shows off the megalomania of the late Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. It is uncomprehendingly vast, and apparently all the rich materials that went into its construction had to come from Romania itself. It took half a decade or more to construct, and only Ceausescu's untimely death... More

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London, United Kingdom
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84 reviews 84 reviews
22 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Only beaten by the Pentagon in Washington DC, this is a vast construction. Huge amounts of Rumanian crystal adorn the magnificent range of chandeliers that grace all the public rooms. Romanian workmanship is on display in every part of this palace, carpets, curtains, gold leaf and fine woodwork. It is very impressive but it totally lacks an character. There are... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Awesome building on a massive scale, basement and roof terrace not very exciting, but the main tour well worth it

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