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Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest

Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest (must see)

The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest is a multi-purpose building which houses both chambers of the Romanian Parliament. According to the World Records Academy, the Palace is the world's largest civilian building, most expensive administrative building, and heaviest construction. The Palace was designed and nearly completed under the Ceauşescu regime as the seat of political and administrative power. Nicolae Ceauşescu named it the House of the Republic, although many Romanians call it the People's House.

The structure combines elements and motifs from multiple sources, in an eclectic neoclassical architectural style. The building is constructed almost entirely of the materials of Romanian origin. Reportedly, these included one million cubic meters of marble from Transylvania, mostly from Ruşchiţa; 3,500 tonnes of crystal used for making 480 chandeliers, 1,409 ceiling lights and mirrors; 700,000 tonnes of steel and bronze for monumental doors and windows, chandeliers and capitals; 900,000 m2 of wood, over 95% of which is domestic, for parquet and wainscoting, including walnut, oak, sweet cherry, elm, sycamore maple; 200,000 m2 of woolen carpets of various sizes, the largest of which were woven on-site by machines brought into the building; as well as velvet and brocade curtains adorned with embroideries and passementeries in silver and gold.

Built on the site of a hill variously known as Spirii Hill, Uranus Hill, or Arsenal Hill, which was largely razed for this mega project in 1980, the building anchors the west end of Bulevardul Unirii (Unification Boulevard) and Centrul Civic (Civic Center). Constructing the Palace and Centrul Civic required demolishing much of Bucharest's historic district, including 19 Orthodox Christian churches, six Jewish synagogues, three Protestant churches (plus eight churches had to be relocated), and 30,000 residences. The construction began in 1983; the cornerstone was laid on 25 June 1984. While the building was intended to house all four major state institutions (in a similar manner to the UK Houses of Parliament), Ceausescu opted to make the palace his personal residence and have the government operate in it (as if confining the Moscow Kremlin to one building). By the time Nicolae Ceauşescu was overthrown and executed in 1989, the building had been almost complete. Some of the initially planned furnishings were never installed, and the last three basement levels and a large clock tower (meant to display the official Romanian time) were never finished.
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Sight Name: Palace of the Parliament
Sight Location: Bucharest, Romania
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Bucharest, Romania

Create Your Own Walk in Bucharest

Create Your Own Walk in Bucharest

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Bucharest Architecture Jewels

Bucharest Architecture Jewels

Bucharest's architecture is highly eclectic due to the many influences that the city has experienced throughout its history. It represents a mixture of medieval, neoclassical and art nouveau objects, as well as 'neo-Romanian' buildings dating back to the early 20th century and a remarkable collection of modern sights from the 1920s and 1930s. The mostly-utilitarian Communist-era...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Top Religious Buildings

Top Religious Buildings

The Romanian capital city is grand with many unique and truly amazing places of worship. Bucharest is the place where the oldest and the most beautiful churches of Romania are located one near another. Take this tour to discover the most prominent religious sights of Bucharest.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Bucharest Parks Walking Tour

Bucharest Parks Walking Tour

Secluded from all the hustle and bustle of the city, rich in vegetation and alleys, Bucharest's parks are the places where you can relax and stay in harmony with the nature. Bucharest has plenty of parks with historic monuments and beautiful lakes that make it famous among other European cities. Take this tour to the most amazing parks of the Romanian capital.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Souvenir Shopping

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It would be a pity to leave Bucharest without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Bucharest, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.8 Km or 4.8 Miles
Children Entertainment Tour

Children Entertainment Tour

Bucharest is good not only for adults, but also has plenty to offer the little ones. The outstanding Museum of the Romanian Peasant will equally impress children and grown-ups. The Geology Museum as well as the Grigore Antipa Museum of Natural History are considered to be a must for children while in Bucharest.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles
Bucharest Introduction Walk

Bucharest Introduction Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles

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