Palace of the Parliament – People’s House – the Socialism Victory

The Palace of the Parliament (Palatul Parlamentului) in Bucharest, Romania, also named it People’s House (Casa Poporului) or House of the Republic (Casa Republicii), is a building of the Romanian Parliament. According to the Guiness Book, the Palace is the world’s largest civilian administrative building, the most expensive administrative building and the heaviest building.

The Palace was designed and rised by the Ceasescu regime with the romanian people money and a lot of sacrifice of lifes, as the seat of political and administrative power.

The Palace measures 270 m (890 ft) by 240 m (790 ft), 86 m (282 ft) high, and 92 m (302 ft) underground. It has 1,100 rooms, 2 underground parking garages and is 12 stories tall, with four underground levels currently available for the general public and in use, and another four in different stages of completion. The floorspace is 340,000 m2 (3,700,000 sq ft).

The structure combines elements from multiple sources, in an eclectic neoclassical architectural style. The building is constructed almost entirely of materials of Romanian origin.
Estimates of the materials used include one million cubic meters of marble from Transylvania; 3,500 tonnes of crysral – 480 chandeliers, 1,409 ceiling lights and mirrors were manufactured; 700,000 tonnes of steel and bronze for monumental doors and windows, chandeliers and capitals; 900,000 mp (9,700,000 sq ft) of wood, over 95% of which is domestic, for parquet and wainscoting, including walnut, oak, sweet cherry, elm, sycamore maple; 200,000 mp (2,200,000 sq ft) of woolen carpets of various dimensions, the larger of which were woven on-site by machines moved into the building; velvet and brocade curtains adorned with embroideries and passementeries in silver and gold.

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 relocated churches), and 30,000 residences.

The building is colossal, pharaonic and overwhelming. Maybe that’s the reason for Michael Jackson loved so much
The entry ticket cost around 10 euro for one person.
Impressive also is the view from the presidential balcony, where you can see Piata Constitutiei, the avenue Unirii (or the Victory of Socialism avenue in the comunism years). The bulevard was specifically designed to be longer and wider than the Champs Elysees. Because Ceausescu could not really understand the models but wanted to convince himself that any block will be not taller than the People’s House, the architects built a whole block of … paperboard and metal scaffoldingon the other end of the axis – in the Alba Iulia square. Those cartoon block was rised onto a football field of children…

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