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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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  • The building is daunting. Big halls, many many big rooms, empty spaces, and intricate decor and furniture. The best way to enjoy this tour is to learn the history of it and the story behind it... 
    The building is daunting. Big halls, many many big rooms, empty spaces, and intricate decor and furniture. The best way to enjoy this tour is to learn the history of it and the story behind it...  more »
  • 45 RON for nothing. Our tour lasted less than an hour; we visited only 2 floors and a few halls. Inside it is a standard communist-style building, but big. Nothing impressive for 10 EURO. typical... 
    45 RON for nothing. Our tour lasted less than an hour; we visited only 2 floors and a few halls. Inside it is a standard communist-style building, but big. Nothing impressive for 10 EURO. typical...  more »
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  • One of the world's biggest public administration building, totally worth seeing. The standard tour takes about 1 hour (the whole stay in the building about 1,5 hours) and shows only 5% of the building, but apparently the most interesting one. You need to have a reservation a day in advance, done by telephone - English is no problem. Payment by cash or card.
  • Insanely impressive building. Mega monolithic architecture at its best. You will be impressed at the sheer scale and order of the facade and design.

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