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“Could be better..” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Palace of Parliament

Palace of Parliament
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Communist Bucharest History Tour
Ranked #8 of 276 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.
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Could be better..”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

It was by chance i checked requirements a few ata befire i visited as you need you passport. A bit faffy and gives you the impression that you are untrustworthy before you even arrive!

That being said, I did the full tour, and whilst the building is mightily impressive in its size, there are one or two aspects of the tour that cant shake off its past.

Yes there are plenty of places to be shown around the building, and our guide was very detailed in her explanations, but taking down underground to the lower level and showing us how the building is ventilated leaves a lot to be desired. From reading up on this building beforehand, they could have show us much more when down there to keep people a bit more interested...

Saying that, the visit to the rooftop was enjoyable and there are plenty of views of the city and plenty of good pictures to be taken..

This is an old building linked to Romania's past - I liked the tour, but so much more could have been done to make it a bit more exciting!

And if you are visiting, bring your passport!

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Mike D
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013

The english speaking tour guide provided and informative and enjoyable tour. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to understand this most amazing building. Its obscene and I suspect in a few years time it will be a casino and hotel, I cant see how else they will maintain it.

Visited August 2013
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Bucharest, Romania
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“Symbol for megalomania”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2013

Largest structure in Europe and second in the World, only after the Washington D.C.'s Pentagon, the Palace of Parliament building was the dream H.Q. of the last Romanian dictator. Being very ugly, very massive&imposing, the points of attraction are mostly its historic meaning and some construction Guinness book records. At the first view, it looks like something between the Soviet and Nazi architecture (something between Lomonosov State University of Moscow and Berlin's Reichstag). But if there are museums of torture, dungeons, and museums of communism ..why not a museum of megalomania, where inside&outside a building everything it's at XXL size. The visit is a must only for those interested in the study&history of totalitarian regimes ..and for those curious to see something different, peculiar and extravagant.

Visited July 2013
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crawley down
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“Impressive but with a bad history.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

I think it's worth a trip, it was built for all the wrong reasons, in a country that couldn't afford it, by the wishes of a dictator. But it is history, and something that the new Romania uses, and has huge costs involved, so why not visit? It is huge, done in a certain style, but seeing it was interesting, the guide was very good, the security is a bit slow but it is the parliament building so understandably. Though it doesn't mean the process couldn't be improved. Recommended

Visited August 2013
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“Just amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

This place is well worth a visit , it is just shocking the size and extravagance , you need to be quite fit as lots of walking and stairs. The guild we had was so knowledgeable , passionate and full of emotion about Romania and the people

Visited September 2013
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