Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Thanks to Ceausescu, Guinness Book says we rule

          The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest is a multi-purpose building containing both Chambers of the Romanian Parliament. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Palace is the second world’s largest building after the Pentagon (Washington), the most expensive and heaviest building in the world.
        The palace was designed and nearly completed by the Ceausescu regime as the seat of political and administrative power, but he also intended to use it as his personal residence.

      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.
To prove its eccentricity, here is some data about the materials used for building this great place: one million cubic meters of marble, 3500 tones of crystal (480 chandeliers), 700.000 tones of steel and bronze for monumental doors and windows, chandeliers and capitals.

       In 2009 the Palace appeared in Episode 1, Series 14 of the BBC motoring programme Top Gear, where Jeremy, Richard and James had to race to the Palace, and are then shown driving throughout its underground tunnels and garages.

      So go to and book a vacation to Bucharest (Romania) to see for yourself the great Palace of Parliament. 

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