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“Gotta get in to love it :)”

Palace of Parliament
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Communist Bucharest History Tour
Ranked #8 of 279 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.
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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17 reviews
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“Gotta get in to love it :)”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

I attended a conference held here. The walls and floors are all made of white marble+ the curtains and rugs are red, the windows are big and the rooms are huge. It is a decadent and imposing display of our country's wealth during the communism. People from all over the world attending the conference were amazed of the interior.
Would go again.

Visited April 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Worth seeing for its uniqueness”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

It's big. No doubt about it. It looks VERY impressive from the outside, which makes the inside all the more disappointing. You expect grand, but you get ordinary.

Visited November 2012
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Westchester County, New York
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“Fantastic”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

From Traveling around the European Region and Eastern Block, This is a one of a kind building. Said to have 1000 underground Rooms. From looking at the building from a distance, it looks big. You get closer, and you see how big it really is. This building is HUGE!!! It took me 30 min, to walk just two sides of it. One of the Biggest buildings in the world, this is a site in Bucharest that you better not miss, and make sure you get up-close-and-personal with this to see the true beauty. I was awe-stuck when I saw this building, I could not believe how big it was, when I was up close to it. AMAZING.

Visited March 2013
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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“Must see in Bucharest”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

One of the places that makes the difference, among to other eastern European capitals. Huge.
The tour guider was extremelly friendly and polite, as most of Romanians. The 1 and a half hour tour, passed quickly. I wiss we could see more of the rooms.

Visited March 2013
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Cleveland, Ohio
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“The Peoples Palace is a Monument to a Dictators' Ego”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

The People's Palace (Palatul Poporului) is a dichotomy. One one hand it is an imposing building. On the other hand it is not particularly attractive. It is billed as the people's palace but in reality it is a concrete monument to a Socialist Dictator and his wife's unbridled egos. They destroyed a large part of charming old Bucharest (the part that was billed as the Paris of the East) to accommodate this edifice and his version of the Champs Elysee. The interior design is diverse and well executed with expensive materials (all from Romania) but it is very impractical. It's paid for but not finished and the maintenance costs are oppressive. The grounds are poorly maintained because of lack of funds.
It is well worth visiting to see if for no other reason to see what one gets when a dictator constructs a monument to his/her ego (on an unlimited budget) - all on the backs of the county's impoverished citizens.

Visited August 2012
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