parliament bucharest

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We love Bucharest. And the Palace of the Parliament? Not so. But we do see the historical importance of this building. Unfortunately, the Piata Constitutiei-square and the surroundings are rather ugly. We propose to rebuild the square and the connecting boulevard Unirii. The site behind the palace, where ‘they’ built the new cathedral, will be one big park. Open to the public.

What do you think of our, badly photoshopped (sorry), ideas? 

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Self.

Palace of Parliament - Bucharest, Romania.

[Thank you, both for the photos and for giving me a reason to get into this building].

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yesterday i went to national museum of contemporary art with my sweetheart and had great fun!! the pics are taken on our cigarette break on the museum’s rooftop, the view was great 11/10 would recomand

As I passed today by the Palace of Parliament, I realized I never posted a picture of it here on Tumblr. So, here it is :) If you don’t know what this is, you can find a description from Wikipedia below…

The Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, Romania is a multi-purpose building containing both chambers of the Romanian Parliament. According to the World Records Academy, the Palace is the world’s largest civilian building with an administrative function, most expensive administrative building and heaviest building.

The Palace was designed by architect Anca Petrescu and nearly completed by the Ceaușescu regime as the seat of political and administrative power. Nicolae Ceaușescu named it the People’s House (Casa Poporului), also known in English as the Palace of the People.

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 and motifs 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, most from Ruşchiţa; 3,500 tonnes of crystal — 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 m2 (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 m2 (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.

Text source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_of_the_Parliament

Every healthy Romanian hates the building of the Romanian parliament, the ‘Palace of the Parliament, but at the same time we feel some kind of affection for it. The palace has cost so much, so many lives, culture, money, churches, homes, unique neighborhoods, the identity of Bucharest.

We’ve got sad love for this building. And this great grey photo describes our feelings pretty much…

The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest made the BBC list of ’seven unknown architectural wonders’. Dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu wanted to have this neoclassical building in the center of the city. One-fifth of old Bucharest was razed, including most of the historical and breathtaking districts of the Romanian capital. And now it’s there…

We’re still flabbergasted… the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest ranks third among the ten best buildings in the world according to The Independent. Only the Pantheon in Rome and the Rocamadour monastery in France are ‘better’. 

They did described the palace as 'hideous but also sort of impressive’, but still…