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The Palace of the Parliament (Romanian: Palatul Parlamentului) is the seat of the Parliament of Romania. Located on Dealul Arsenalului in central Bucharest (Sector 5), it is the largest administrative building in the world with a height of 84 metres (276 ft), an area of 365,000 square metres (3,930,000 sq ft) and a volume of 2,550,000 cubic metres (90,000,000 cu ft). In terms of weight, the Palace of the Parliament is the heaviest building in the world, weighing in at around 4,098,500,000 kilograms (9.0356×109 lb). A colossal parliament building known for its ornate interior composed of 23 sections, it houses the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, three museums and an international conference center. The museums hosted inside the Palace are the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Communist Totalitarianism (established in 2015) and the Museum of the Palace. Though named the House of the Republic (Romanian: Casa Republicii), after the Romanian Revolution in 1989 it became widely known as the People's House (Romanian: Casa Poporului). Due to its impressive endowments, events organized by state institutions and international bodies such as conferences, symposia, and others take place there, but even so about 70% of the building remains empty. In 1990, Australian business magnate Rupert Murdoch wanted to buy the building for US $1 billion, but his bid was rejected. As of 2008, the Palace of the Parliament is valued at €3 billion ($3.4 billion), making it the most expensive administrative building in the world. The cost of heating and electric lighting alone exceeds $6 million per year, as much as the cost for a medium-sized city.
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a month ago
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.
3 months ago
One must actual be there to fully appreciate the immensity of this building. It is absolutely huge. Artistically, it's not so impressive, but the scale will blow you away. It is truly massive. I went to check it out early in the morning and there was no one around.
13 days ago
Amazing and spectacular building in the heart of Bucharest. There are english tour guides, at least ours was very nice with very detailed and interesting explanations. The tour is approximately one hour. You should pay an extra fee if you want to take pictures from camera, but if you are using your cellphone is o.k.
2 days ago
A big communist building with dull architecture, currently housing the corrupt Romanian parliament. Very high visiting fees and nothing to see inside - mostly empty rooms and hallways and you're being told that so many other rooms are not open to the public (you're left with the feeling that the ones you cannot see might be more interesting).
4 months ago
Wonderful experience! It doesn't compare to anything else in the world! It is a building with perfect interior design that will leave you speechless and wanting more. As the building is in use the tour may change. It trully is impressive, I could not get enough and i will surely go back during summer for access to the balcony.