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“Incredible. Unfortunately built in the bad days (of Ceausescu) but incredibly impressive.”

Palace of Parliament
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Communist Era Bucharest Tour
Ranked #22 of 339 things to do in Bucharest
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Reviewed March 21, 2012

I suggest that before you visit, you should read the following webpage:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_of_the_Parliament
IMPORTANT! You will NOT be allowed entry unless you have with you a passport, or another government supplied form of ID.
The building is huge. There is as much below ground as is visible from Parcul Izvor. So, you should allow at least half a day for the visit.
Despite the undertones of being built on command of a communist dictator, the tour can give an extremely wide view of Romania, past and present. Your experienced tour leader will tell all. The tours are separated into several languages. It is best to enquire beforehand. Ask at your hotel reception how to get in touch. If they cannot help you, then change hotels!
PLEASE, do not think this building is a good symbol of Romania. Regard it as a slice of modern history. History is not always wine and roses, it is littered with dictators and infamy.
Judge this building only for what it is, an extremely impressive sight.
Also, if you need wheelchair access, book in advance.
Do not bring with you any excess baggage. You cannot drag it around with you up and down the many stairs. I am sorry, but the tour is not good for easily bored children or babies.

Thank PortsmouthPete
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Reviewed March 15, 2012

It is very impressive. Once, it held 7 world records at the same time.
During 9/11 attacks, while the Pentagon wing was demolished, it was the biggest building in the world.
Visiting it, you will find out amazing and very shocking details about Ceausescu, communist era, Russia/China/Korea influence and also about the regime's fears. For example, the building has no ventilation system, due to Ceausescu's fear of being gas poisoned. Another is that the main stairs were build and demolished and built again for 3 times. This because Ceausescu wanted to be able to run on them from the top office to the basement bunker in less than the time an US air missile would have reached the building. And many more...

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Reviewed March 11, 2012

Even is a "great" building, with a lot of bad taste decoration, this is te place for Romaninan Parliament. Let's keep it as it is.

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Reviewed March 11, 2012

Even is a "great" building, with a lot of bad taste decoration, this is te place for Romaninan Parliament. Let's keep it as it is.

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Reviewed March 11, 2012

its huge impressive palace but it's not exciting interesting, another dictator sacrificed lives of his ppl to impress other dictators. Go to see but don't expect much entertainment

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