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Palace of Parliament (Palatul Poporului)

Strada Izvor Nr. 2-4 | Bucharest, Romania, Bucharest 050711, Romania
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Ranked #15 of 98 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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Bucharest, Romania
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67 reviews 67 reviews
43 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

For starters, you need a picture ID to get in. You cannot take pictures in the entrance area, only inside, and only if you pay a fee. Kind of communist in organization and guide area, but still very interesting to visit.

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Richmond
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I am romanian originally and have done the romanian version of the tour in the past but i was with my english speaking girlfriend and took the 10:30 english tour. Got a really nice guide who did the tour justice and went pretty well, dipping in to some romanoan history if you havent been to the museum of history. Definitely... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

It's a really good place to learn about Nicolae Ceausescu. I remember when I was a kid we had a field trip to that place and I thought it would be really boring but actually I got to learn a lot of things I never knew about Bucharest!!! So I really recommend you go there but also have guided tour... More

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florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed this tour and history of how it was built. View from balcony is amazing. They do need to do better upkeep of the gardens, but overall we really enjoyed this. Everything in this building was mined, handcrafted, from Romania.

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Denver, Colorado
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7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Built by Ceausescu and holding a lot of tales of controversies, this place stands true for its name of being the second largest in the world but then to me it was just that, Tallest and largest. The interiors are pretty repetitive and nothing grandeur as you expect from a palace. The exterior too was pretty Spartan for me. The... More

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Cologne, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

When you are in Bukarest, you have to "tick of" the Parliament or House of the people how it was (cynical) called under Ceaușescu . The size is sheer amazing. As the Pentagon is probably not so easy to visit, head for the second largest building in the world. I also recommend to take a guided tour.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Visiting Casa Poporului is a fascinating if depressing landmark in Bucharest. It dominates the cityscape and for that reason it is worth a visit. The views from the roof are spectacular. Tours are available in English if you prebook - remember your passport. The scale of the building is breathtaking but when you realise the destruction that took place in... More

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grand rapids, minnesota
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70 reviews 70 reviews
8 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Hmmmm - kind of hard to rate. It's fascinating history is worthy of exploration. Kind of sad to see such an overwhelming building when the money could have been so much more effectively spent elsewhere. There seems to be soooo much wasted space in this building which could certainly be put to better use. Ah well, one can certainly appreciate... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

It is something a foreign tourist should see in order for a better understanding of the Romanian people. This is something we didn't ask for. This is a huge, completely unnecessary building. It is ugly. Although you can find a lot of people feeling impressed by it's arhitecture and size. You can find tones of excuisit places to visit in... More

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Novi Sad, Serbia
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I know how romanian people lived under Ceausescu and nothing linked to him is normal and humane but in all that madness this guy had that megalomanic side which made him built this enormous building. As our guide said this is the second largest building in the world, after Pentagon, and the heaviest building in the world. The most expensive... More

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