The Palace of Parliament, in the limelight again

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The Palace of Parliament in Bucharest gets into the limelight again, after a famous travel website, Amusing Planet covers an ample feature on the impressive, fancy edifice built during the communist regime, at former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s special request.

The foreign website notes in an article entitled “The Palace of the Parliament. The Building of Superlatives”, that “at the historical center of Romania’s capital city Bucharest, stands the colossal Palace of the Parliament, one of the most expensive and extravagant building project undertaken in the last century.”

The “Amusing Planet” authors say that the building is considered “the crowning jewel of the megalomaniac Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s ambitious urban development plan, and an embarrassment for its citizens”.

However, the article says that the People’s House, how it used to be known during communism, was erected ‘at great human and economic costs.’

To build the House of the Republic, the dictator leveled an entire hill and wiped out one fifth of the historic center of Bucharest. The project consumed a third of Romania’s budget over 5 years,” the website further recounts.

Boasting several records, “the second largest administrative building in the world, after The Pentagon in the United States, the third most massive building in the world, after the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the Mexican Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent in Teotihuacan and the heaviest building in the world,” the Palace of Parliament remains Bucharest’s most visited tourist attraction, despite being a sort of ‘apple of discord’ in many respects.

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