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Bucharest Palace Of Parliament Visit Romania Travel Guide 8

Get ready to discover the magnificent Palace of Parliament in Bucharest! We'll cover everything from its location and how to reach it, to visiting tips, opening hours, ticket prices, rules for visitors, and delve into its rich history, along with some intriguing architectural facts and controversial aspects. This iconic structure not only symbolizes Romanian history but also stands as a testament to the extravagance of the Ceausescu regime. Join us as we dive in and unravel the secrets of this spectacular palace!

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Where Is It

You can find the Bucharest Palace of Parliament right in the heart of Romania's vibrant capital city, Bucharest. Nestled in the historic district of Cotroceni, it's a true masterpiece that dominates the cityscape. It's south of Izvor Park, west of the end of Unirii Boulevard.
It's situated on a 120-hectare complex and boasts an impressive 1,100 rooms.

How To Get There
If you're in the city center, you can enjoy a pleasant walk to the palace. It should take you about 20 minutes to walk there from the old town.
Alternatively, public transport is readily available, with buses and metro stations nearby. Buses 136 and 385 will take you straight to the Parliament Square. The Izvor metro station is the closest, about 700 meters away.
Taxis are also a convenient option.

How To Visit - Safety Rules
To visit the Palace of Parliament, you can book a guided tour through the official website. Tours are available in English, and they are subject to availability.
Due to security reasons, you cannot visit the palace independently.
Just have in mind some things: You will enter from the west side, where the entrance for the Senate of Romania is. Access is permitted only with a valid national identity card (ID card or passport). There is an airport-like security scan upon entering.
When making a booking, the visitors are asked to be present 15 minutes before the tour starts at the information desk, otherwise, the reservation will be automatically cancelled. Due to security reasons, there is no storage space or wardrobe available.

Opening Hours - Ticket prices
The Bucharest Palace of Parliament is generally open to visitors from 09 am to 5 pm. However, it's always a good idea to check their official website or give them a call to confirm the opening hours, just to be on the safe side.
The main tour usually lasts about an hour but the slots for the English tour could be time specific.
Ticket prices vary, but for adults, it's typically around 8 euros or 10 euros if you also visit the basement, with discounts available for children, students and seniors. Keep in mind that there might be additional fees if you want to explore specific sections or take a guided tour.

Visiting Rules
When visiting the Palace of Parliament, there are strict rules to follow.
As we already mentioned, you must have a valid national identity card (ID card or passport) for access.
The maximum number of people per group for the standard tour is 35.
Wheelchair access is available by prior arrangement.
Items such as banners, placards, flags, or any similar items are not permitted.

History - Architectural Facts
Constructed in 1984 under Nicolae Ceaușescu's rule, this colossal Palace of Parliament is the world's heaviest building, spanning over a million square feet. Impeccable craftsmanship is evident in awe-inspiring chandeliers and historic corridors.
Today, it houses Romania's parliament and key offices, featuring 3,000 rooms adorned with high-quality materials like marble and gold leaf, covering 330,000 square meters. As the world's largest civilian building with an administrative function, it weighs a staggering 4,098,500,000 kilos and is gradually sinking.
Built on the razed sites of four neighborhoods, including hospitals and churches, Ceaușescu's vision was to consolidate all state bodies. The palace was designed not only for functionality but also as a safe haven, capable of withstanding seismic and nuclear threats.

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