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Palace of Parliament (Palatul Poporului)

Strada Izvor Nr. 2-4 | Bucharest, Romania, Bucharest 050711, Romania
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Ranked #16 of 107 Attractions in Bucharest
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Interesting to see the Palace. TOO many people on each tour. The extended tour to see the roof is NOT worth the time or expense. The elevator could only take six people on average at a time (including the elevator operator), and it was slow. So for a group of 30 to 40 people, it added an hour to the... More

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Chisinau, Moldova
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I saw it in books, I heard about it, and I saw in Grimus video for the song "Selfie". I wanted to see it in reality with proper eyes. It is impressive! Famous, huge and unusual!

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Zoetermeer, Nederland
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58 reviews 58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Of course a not to be missed happening in Bucharest. Reports that the guides would be 'superficial' was untrue. Our guide for the tour of this impossible building was knowledgeable to a high degree (24/8 1200 English). And that was only part of the story.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We arrived 10am Sunday and straight away joined an English-speaking tour. Guide was very informative. Chance to ask questions. Rooms were amazing in size and decoration. Due to the circumstances surrounding this building, the rooms are not furnished. Went out onto the balcony for a picture opportunity. Took a 13 and 10 year old and they enjoyed it too. Be... More

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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302 attraction reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We were in Bucharest on business and were guests on this tour. I thought the facade as we approached was amazing - it is such an imposing building and very impressive. We passed through the security control and once inside I thought it was stunning. The worlds second largest building had a solid white and pink marble interior. The rooms... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We did not take the tour because it was going to take too long, but the outside was beautiful and it will give you goose bumps

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Decatur, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

This is a massive building, the second largest in the world after the Pentagon. The view of Bucharest's Champs Elysee is impressive from the balcony of this building. You must pay an extra fee if you want to take pictures inside, but it's worth it.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

They say it's the number 1 attraction in the city, well it looks impressive from the outside, but if you want a guided tour, you have to leave your passport with the desk, for a country who has such laws about their citizens and their ID why would you want our passports. You are now in European, so if you... More

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Ireland
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100 reviews 100 reviews
46 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

It is worth checking out the Palace of Parliament for an insight into the minds of Romania's Communist leaders. Large impressive building. Great views from the balcony (we visited as part of the tour). Worth checking out if you are into history or architecture.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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39 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The second largest government building in the world, built by that horrid dictator who "passed away" before he even got a chance to use it. It is beautifully constructed, yet made me so sad to think about the bread lines, poverty, abandoned children, and other economic problems which were taking place while it was being built. I had a hard... More

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