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Prague, Czech Republic
November 2, 2012
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
November 6, 2006
A truly amazing sight and one that shouldn't be missed. Originally called Palace of the People, now known as Palace of Parliament, this massive building is the legacy of Nicolae Ceausescu, former dictator of Romania killed during the revolution of 1989; for this reason it is also known as the Palace of the Lunatic. It is, behind the Pentagon, the second largest government building in the world. It contains amongst its many materials 3,500 tonnes of crystal, mostly in its several thousand chandeliers and 700,000 tonnes of steel and bronze in its monumental doors.
An excellent 45 minute guided tour takes you around the Palace with expert commentary, priced approximately £6 per person. Tours are available in different languages. When Parliament is in recess the Palace is open between 10am and 4pm, when Parliament is sitting opening hours are weekends only. The best way to approach it is via Piata Unirii to get the best vantage point. Nearest Metro is Izvor. A fascinating tour with great guides. Recommended. Don't miss it - it's stunning and educational. And just a little bit crazy!
From journal Bring on Bucharest