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Palace of Parliament
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Communist Bucharest History Tour
Ranked #23 of 321 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 6, 2013

Enormous building,Ceausescu's dream house can be seen from every part of Bucharest.Its located at the end of Bulevardul Unirii,a copy of the famous Champs Elysees from Paris.Nice view from the top and impressive rooms,but the exterior is simply ugly.Make sure you hide your camera and say you're not gonna take pictures,the security wont ask if you paid or not.Save 30 RON as I did :-)

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Reviewed March 3, 2013

We were educated that the real' vampires' are here in the parliament ! I think this is true in most so called democracies! The palace is magnificent and huge and grandiose and alter to the megalomaniacs Nicolae and Elena Ceaucecscu.I We were told that this palace is the second largest building in the world next to the Pentagon. A massive square footage and magnificent halls ,parallel winding elaborate staircases as Elena was taller than her husband so they wanted to make a notable simultaneous but separate descent to receive state guests and dignatries.IWe were advised by the tour palace tour guide that Ceaucescu had rooms in the palace knocked down and rebuilt to his taste and specifications if he did not like the result.He also forced nuns to make the elaborate silk and gold thread embroidered curtains in the main chambers.

Thank Mohini S
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

Ok so the history behind this building is very unsavoury and the events are still very fresh in the minds of the local population - however the scale and grandeur of the building cannot be denied. We went on the guided tour and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The tours need to be booked in advance to ensure you get in. There are a number of different types of tours advertised but only one was available on the day we went. The standard tour gave us access to the main hallways, staircases and half a dozen rooms. The decor in these rooms all vary and will astonish you. The tour guide spoke perfect English and was very informative and made the tour lively. The public entrance is on the left side of the building as you look at the front. It is not cheap to get in but really worth it

Thank dacurrie
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Some people love it some hate it. For sure it will not leave you neutral. The size of it blew me away, only second after Pentagon, gets you thinking about historic past and how big impact on this city communists had. Both interior and exterior are all about splendor. It was all made of Romanian materials (marble and crystals). It also contains one of the biggest chandeliers in the world. Very controversial building but a must see.

Thank Krzysztof G
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

I took the tour inside the building, but it is not worth the time. I am sure the guide was a soviet labor camp guard. She kept yelling "no photos" and no one was even trying to take photos. We were only a group of 5. Lots of information. But read about it online and save some time.

Thank barbuhomme
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