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Palace of Parliament (Palatul Poporului)

Strada Izvor Nr. 2-4 | Bucharest, Romania, Bucharest 050711, Romania
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Ranked #14 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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Naples, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2010

We made the trek to the Palace of Parliament while in Bucharest. It is HUGE but on the whole not really very interesting. It's claim to fame is only it's size...We opted to just view it from the exterior and did not go inside. If you have time and want to check this off your list go see it...otherwise spend... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2010

It is the biggest legislative building in Europe and one of the biggest in the world, so it is a must see if you go to Bucharest. Even if you go just for business you must find the time to at least see it in the outside.

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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2010

This is the second largest building in the world, both in terms of volume and by surface. A true testament to Ceausecu's megalomany. Walk on huge carpets along huge marble halls to enter huge conference halls, bordered by huge draps, and so on. The palace now houses the two houses of the Romanian Parliament, but these meetings halls are not... More

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Akron, OH
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2010

This building and the tour with it is interesting, somewhat because the way the tour is conducted (perhaps deliberately?) leaves you feeling as though you're still in the Communist era, e.g. in one grand hall you are allowed to stand on one side "but not the other" for reasons the tour guide couldn't explain. The tour basically takes you from... More

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LA, Calif
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2010

Okay, so this is considered one of the most memorable part of Ceausescus' dictatorship but it appears that the communist era has not left this building. We were on a private tour with our own guide and when we arrived, we were kept waiting 30 minutes. Then a huge tour bus arrives and we are told we can not have... More

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Coconut Creek, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2009

In Bucharest's gargantuan Parliamentary Palace,I witnessed this palace's ornate,ostententaciousness.I saw lavish marble stairs,enormous chandeliers.and numerous palatial rooms.Planned,during the Ceaunescu regime,it reflected this political leader's materialism.Guided Tour here are given in Spanish and English in addition to Romanian.My guide,Andrei was thorough in his commentary and often expressed his hatred toward Ceaunescu and his regime.Guided Tours are mandatory at this site.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2009

Yes its big impressive and an ugly monstrosity.Whats more we could nt get in .Since November 2008 you are only allowed entry if you have a passport or ID card.Since we had neither we were not allowed in.We are not going to bother again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2009

At first I was not terribly impressed with this building, yes it is almost surreal in its size and the sheer bulk has quite an impact although I didn't particularly admire the architecture. The guide (Christina) was very good and the ingterior rooms are extramely rich alrthough due to the sheer size you see only a select few rooms. The... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2009

The best view of the Palace is to walk down from Piata Unirii down the Bulevard Unirii (their "Champs Elysees") towards the Palace. At first, I did not see what the fuss is all about. The Palace is sitting on the top of the hill and overlooks the boulevard. It is when you walk down to the right hand side... More

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2009

Up until today, when I though of excess, I thought of Las Vegas or Disney World. This place beats anything I have ever seen before. For a start the place is massive. The boulevard if faces is 4km long and the building still looks huge even before you get anywhere close. You have the problem getting the building into your... More

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