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“Ceausescu's Palace”

Palace of Parliament
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Bucharest: The Rise and Fall of Communism Tour
Ranked #12 of 289 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.
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“Ceausescu's Palace”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

The Hermitage and Versailles could both fit inside this building with room to spare. This marble floored palace is a vivid representation of the dictator's dream come true. Built to satisfy his ego on the backs of the Romanian people. The tour required passports or picture IDs, which you leave with the security checkpoint, and many stairs to climb, but it is worth the effort.

Visited November 2012
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“Monumental”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

Dramatically huge and imposing building. Interiors made of marble and wood,interiors lit up by thousands of crystal chandeliers.

The guide spoke English very well and took time out to answer questions especially about the communist era.

You need to bring your passport to enter the building., and pay a fee to be able to take photos. Security strict so you need to stay with the group.

Visited November 2012
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“A 'must see' if you visit Bucharest.”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

If you can ignore the history of how this building was constructed as a communist symbol in one of the poorest countries in Europe, you may nevertheless appreciate the sheer scale of the production task.

The reason that I call this a 'must see' is that this building is regarded as the second largest in the world next to the Pentagon.

The size is awesome and many design features demonstrate how talented Romanian archtects were.

Don't make an internal visit your priority as it wears on you before too long because you get tired of going into one empty big area after another. That is unless you are realy into buildings then you may find some surprises.

Failing going in, suffice to take photos outside to keep as a memento. Go down the Unirii strip, if the fountains happen to be working then a nice shot can be taken.

Even a drive past gives you an appreciation of the size and grandeur.

Visited August 2012
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“I guess you have to see it”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

The story behind the building is more interesting than the building. While touring, I couldn't help but feel sorry for the people of Romania that their government wasted so much money on marble and fancy light fixtures. Very bureaucratic process to enter the building, allow extra time.

Visited September 2012
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“Big is big”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

I'm not an anti-museum person particularly. But the palace of parliament is just too big. It has a great history as to how it was constructed, but it's not worth spending an entire day going from room to room

Visited December 2011
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