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Palace of Parliament
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Communist Bucharest History Tour
Ranked #10 of 286 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.
Overmere, Belgium
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“waiting and too big”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

although reservation we had to wait an our to enter the parliament.
A lot of groups had an appointment at the same time.
In the mean time we could pass our time in a "modern art of Roumanian artists" museum next to the enterence that must fill a little part of the to big not equipet building.
Security control before entering but one gets his knife back after the visit.
Once entered the building the scene is overwhelming with one after another to big places and rooms.
Interesting to see how even in Europe a despot can spend the money of his people in marble, stones and carpets.

Visited May 2014
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“Wildly Ostentatious but Very Interesting”
Reviewed 7 August 2014 via mobile

Built by the former dictator for billions of dollars at a time when many in the country were starving. This makes the visit a little depressing but does not diminish the incredible scale on which it was built. It is second in the world only to the a Pentagon in size for public buildings but built in the opulent style of a Versailles.
All tours must be guided and you should check on times for English tours. The guide was excellent - knowledgeable and cynically funny. Well worth seeing. One caution - there are several hundred steps but no elevators or other accommodations for individuals who cannot physically handle the stairs.

Visited August 2014
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

The building is huge, with a huge avenue heading towards the palace. The hugeness is the fact that is problematic, as Romania was a poor country and definitely does´t need such a gigantic building. But the building itself is not ugly at all, it is a clear statement of gigantism and power, but as such it is well done.

Visited July 2014
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Bucharest, Romania
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“Huge, impressive and overwhelming”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

A friend described it as the nicest thing built with concrete. The communist dictator's folly stands at the Unirii Bulevard which was supposed to be called The Victory of Socialism Bulevard. It is so big that nobody knows what to do with it. At first called The People's Pallace now it is called the Pallace of Parliament but there are other institutions that are housed by the building. You can take a tour of the Conference Center and see the result of the delusion of grandeur of one of the last communist dictators in Europe. Some of the rooms are impressive, the materials used are expensive but it you look at the small details of how they were put together it lacks the quality of a construction with such expectations. It is a must visit if you are in Bucharest and some of the guides offer interesting insights in the way the building was built.

Visited July 2014
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“Elegance and beauty”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

The rooms we visited were right out of the 19th century in style and opulence. The architecture is beautiful. There is a long wait to get in, but it is worth the visit.

Visited June 2014
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