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“Not to be missed if you are in the city”

Palace of Parliament
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$37.72*
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Communist Bucharest History Tour
Ranked #9 of 315 things to do in Bucharest
Certificate of Excellence
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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 October 17, 2012

Don’t miss the chance to see this place if you are in the city, but before you go it is worth while reading up on the tragic recent history of Bucharest to understand the significance of the building. A large residential area of traditional housing, hospitals, schools and churches was demolished and the residents moved out to unheated slum accommodation to build this place. Its well worth calling ahead to book your tour (there are various language and tour options) and remember to take some photo ID because the security is rigorous. Look out for the information poster of rules which says that “it is mandatory to keep clean”. During my tour one of our group kept trying to wander off from the tour and the last I saw of her she was being escorted out by security. You will be asked to purchase a permit to take photographs, but this is probably one area where you can ignore the rules.

The basic tour does not cover a great deal of the palace and many of the room appear to have been designed to be grand but now look sparse, even barren. The highlight was the chance to stand on the balcony and look out and down the grand boulevard. Given that this is the second largest building in the world (next to the Pentagon, USA) it would crazy to pass up on the chance to visit. The tour could have been much better but it was still an unusual and a worth while opportunity.

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Reviewed October 16, 2012

One of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Too bad we couldn't get inside that day. At night, it's a real show.

Thank Cosmin I
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Visited parliament as part of a Gate 1 tour. Apparently there are 1,000 rooms. We only saw a handful. The rooms were nothing special, but I guess you're here mainly for the history and to just see the size of it.

Thank deflep22
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

This huge monstrosity is worth seeing because of it's history but it is quite soulless and vast. Tour guides could do with an injection of humour.

Thank Tony G
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

Palace of Parliament, also known under the name Ceausescu palace, shows the perverse megalomania of the 1989 ousted Romanian dictator. For the construction of his palace, the largest building in the world, hundreds of old houses had to be brought down in order to put an eternal monument to him while Romanian people were lacking almost everything. Architecturally, the building that now houses the Parliament and the Supreme Court and in which also meetings and conferences are often held, is, however, but very well done. You can visit the interior of the luxurious palace on a guided tour, which is highly recommended.

Thank 4U4U
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