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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  • Was a nice tour to see thiz huge palace . A nice guide , in english language. There is a small coffee shop at the entrance . Access for wheelchairs as well .  more »
  • One thing you will be surprised with is the same size of view from the front side and east side it is exactly same size and nothing different,,,I mean if you see big building at front usually side vie...  more »
  • 1.5 hour Tour in one of the greatest buildings that were ever built..the tour has to be scheduled in advance through the internet or the phone.  more »
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  • 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).
  • What an amazing experience. The palace in Bucharest is really one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. If you are in Bucharest this is the first attraction you should visit. There are huge rooms with details on every book and cranny in the room. There are lots of history behind everything you see in the palace, and it is very big.
  • It Worth a Visit As the second largest building in the world (after the Pentagon in USA) this building clearly worth a visit. There are two types of tours, regular and long and you should take the long one. It takes about two hours but you will see the most interesting rooms and chambers as well as the terrace on top. The view from here over Bucharest worth your long walk in the building and you can also understand how big this building is and how many other were destroyed to make space for this one. Reservation in advance is required. Don't forget your passport or id for the entrance. Photo fee is required.
  • Visit and you will impress you since it is the second building in the world as surface. Basically it saying that underground is deep as height and lot of interesting stories about underground tunnels. True or not is up to you to discover :).
  • Bucharest is well known for their old buildings and this parliament is build with perfection ! It’s big and beautiful and definitly worth the visit . Try make a photograph in front of the palace a kilometer away so you can get the whole palace in
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