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Palace of Parliament, Bucharest

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Ironically named the "People's Palace" by the country's most notable dictator, Palace of Parliament was built for Nicolae Ceauşescu, who was killed in the revolution before the building was finished. Among marble-plated halls and conference rooms, notice the twin marble stairways, which were rebuilt three times before Ceauşescu was satisfied with their height. The highlights of the guided tour include the ethnographic display of traditional Romanian costumes, and the balcony from which Michael Jackson greeted the public. For an extra fee, you can take a tour of the basement, or climb to the roof terrace, which offers one of the best views of the city. The building also houses a museum of contemporary art. Put Palace of Parliament on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Bucharest online sightseeing planner.
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  • One of the best attractions in the world. It is the 2nd largest building in the world, which the former president of communism did not manage to enjoy. It is something that anyone should see. It... 
    One of the best attractions in the world. It is the 2nd largest building in the world, which the former president of communism did not manage to enjoy. It is something that anyone should see. It...  more »
  • The building was impressive inside and out and our guide was very good, even though the tour was cut to 45 minutes due to some of the halls being used. One poor point was the lady on the X-ray... 
    The building was impressive inside and out and our guide was very good, even though the tour was cut to 45 minutes due to some of the halls being used. One poor point was the lady on the X-ray...  more »
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  • This is an immense structure, second only in mass to the Pentagon. It was the result of extreme ambition. Several churches were literally wheeled away by clever and determined engineers, to protect them from the destruction this project wrought, in response to the desire of people determined to hold on to their community heritage. The building is huge, extravagant and very quirky. It is heavily clad in marble, adorned generously with flamboyant chandeliers, and much decoration, with leather and hardwood furnishings, and elaborate ceilings. No doubt there are many secret corners and passageways.
  • One of he most interesting place to visit in Buchurest. The building is huge and I think it is the second largest in the world. Impressive interior with one huge room after another including monumental staircases and reception halls, many beautifully decorated. The Building's interior is simply stunning. All the chandeliers and carpets in here are beautiful. All the floors and walls are marble. Worth visiting!

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