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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  • The Majesty of this building that you can see from the top of the palaces at great distances from it, makes us go back in time and suffering. Opera megalomaniac of a man who has tended to starve his people talking to the destruction of great works for its realization. Worth a visit, I really don't I entered.
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  • Only to visit with an organized tour at scheduled times and with a reservation (with an id-card or passport which you need to come within ge). Once inside I immediately understood why don't you itself around may wander, it's so huge. You get in an hour to see the special or important room, the balcony. In addition, Parliament and you can not get anywhere. Though totally worth it to go look.
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  • It's worth to go there because super impressive to watch and photograph. the architecture of Romania is still marked by the Communist so Italian fountains adjacent to the monuments and museums that seem to be fairly rigid
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  • The building is the second largest administrative building in the world, after the Pentagon. It is huge; the inside is a lot nicer than the outside. The fact that over 70% was built in 6 years is impressive! You’ll be awed when you see the beautiful interior design. However, the building originally didn’t have AC and many rooms still don’t have it so keep that in mind if you visit in the summer months...it could get hot😮 Also, the outside gardens need attention.... they could really be beautiful given a little tender love and care🌸
  • Very nice and we'll maintained building. The visit goes through only 4% of the building but it is worth it. Our guide was very good: patient (waiting for everyone to take pictures), eloquent (very good English) and funny (good jokes along the way). On the negative side: the entrance of the palace is not well indicated (through town and around the palace) so we nearly walk all around the palace! Note: book in advance and be VERY punctual! Be there 10 Mon before booking time: The group will leave without you even if you are 2 Min late! In all, it is worth to do it if you are in Bucharest 🇷🇴
  • Very interesting place, well worth a visit even if in Bucharest just for a few days. Also, they now take credit cards as means of payment for the tickets. PS! Bring your passport, or no tour for you. They wouldn't accept my (European) driver's license
  • The building is quite interesting, and quite large. The tour only covers a very small portion of the building, focusing on some of the former Ceausescu intended areas, but that is to be expected, since there are about one thousand rooms. Our tour guide was quite rude (unfortunately the same went for the person answering the reservation system); but that aside he had relevant information regarding the history of the rooms and also a few interesting stories. The building in in dire need of maintenance and upkeep, but is probably still worth taking the time to visit, as it is unique is many ways. The building itself deserves a 5 star rating; however the way the tours are organized is really poor (1 star).
  • Having a fun in front of the Parliament :D Be careful while crossing the road to the parking place (where you can take an amazing pictures). It seems pedestrian crossing road is cancelled or something like that! Cars were beeping when we crossed the street.
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