The absolutely colossal Palace of Parliament, standing tall at the heart of Bucharest is probably the city’s main tourist attraction. At least, it is the most spectacular. The seat of the Romanian Parliament, it began being built in the 1980s after dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu visited North Korea.
As you do when a dictator, he loved the whole over the top architectural thing and sought inspiration from his trip to Pyongyang. Here are a few pictures from our visits, along with a few fun facts:
The Romanian Parliament is the second largest administrative building in the word, after the Pentagon. It’s 84m high, and covers an area of 365,000 m2 Although the interior is made up of 23 sections including a Senate, Chamber of Deputies, 3 museums and tons of rooms available to hire for conferences and international events, 70% of the building is actually empty.
In 1990, old fascist prick Rupert Murdoch tried to buy the building for $1b. Of course he did. His bid was ultimately turned down.
Between 20,000 and 100,000 people worked on the construction site. Works were carried out by forced labor of soldiers to keep costs down #SoCommunist
The building isn’t actually finished. Only 400 rooms and two meeting rooms are completed and used, out of 1,100 rooms.
The building has eight underground levels including an anti-atomic bunker because Nicolae Ceausescu feared nuclear attacks.
The building is 2% larger in volume than the Great Pyramid of Giza.
The building sinks by 6 mm each year, because it’s too heavy.
The building was constructed entirely of Romanian materials.