The Parliament's Palace
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Parliament Palace in Bucharest, Romania (known as the House of the People before the revolution), measuring 270 m by 240 m, 86 m high and 92 m below ground. It has 12 levels to the surface and 8 underground. According to the Guinness Book of Records, Parliament Palace is the largest administrative building in the world for civilian use, the most expensive administrative building in the world and the worst building in the world, falling three times in Guinness World Records.

The building of Parliament House is situated in the center of Bucharest (in 5), the place which today is called Arsenal Hill, classified by Izvor Street to the west and northwest, UN Avenue north of Liberty Avenue to the east and September 13 in southern route. It is 10 minutes away from Union Square and 20 minutes from North Station (bus 123).

The hill where is today the Palace of Parliament is generally a creation of nature, having an initial height of 18 m, but the Liberty Avenue side is raised artificially.

Parliament House Construction began in 1983, the fundamental stone ceremony settlement taking place on June 25, 1984.

The building has a developed area of 330,000 hectares, As part of "Guinness World Records" in the "buildings", number 2 in the world after the Pentagon building, and in terms of volume, with the 2,550,000 m3 of its 3rd in the world after the missile assembly building space from Cape Canaveral in Florida after the pyramid of Quetzalcoatl in Mexico. For comparison it may be mentioned that this building exceeds 2% volume of Cheops pyramid in Egypt.

Brief history of "Project Bucharest.

Start on the "golden age" of Romania, Bucharest project was an ambitious project of Ceausescus to began in 1978 the construction of a replica of the city state Pyongyang in North Korea.

After the earthquake in 1977, Nicolae Ceausescu ordered the "reconstruction" of Bucharest with a new city, a state within a state, so that from the years 1978-79, held the national competition for the reconstruction of Bucharest. After a contest that lasted almost 4 years, the young architect of only 28 years, Anca Petrescu, won the post of chief architect of the most controversial building project to date in Romania.

The construction itself began in the 1980s with the demolition of over 7 km 2 of the old city center and the relocation of over 40,000 people in the area. The buildings include the Monastery is missing Vacaresti Brancovenesc Hospital, National Archives, Stadium Republic and the list goes on.

This project of reconstruction of Bucharest, had a number of buildings like the Palace of Parliament - House of the People, Ministry of National Defense, Radio House, Marriott Hotel - Guest House, House of Romanian Academy, Izvor Park and Boulevard Unirii-Victory of Socialism.

In 1989 the building costs were estimated at 1.75 billion U.S. dollars U.S., and in 2006 to 3 billion.

The dimensions of the building
  • Length - 270 meters
  • width - 245 meters
  • Height - 86 meters (over quota 0)
  • 92 meters depth (below ground level)
  • Built from the ground surface - 66,000 square feet

Resources used
To achieve such impressive buildings were used:
  • 1,000,000 mc of marble
  • 5,500 tons of cement
  • 7,000 tons of steel
  • 20,000 tonnes of sand
  • 1,000 tons of basalt
  • 900,000 mc of timber
  • 3500 tonnes of crystal
  • 200,000 mc of glass
  • 2,800 chandeliers
  • 220,000 sqm of carpet
  • 3500 sqm of leather.

The building was attended about 200 architects and 20,000 workers who worked in three shifts, 24 hours a day.

Vertical distinguished three books, which also corresponds to and distinct functional areas.

The building has about 1,000 rooms, including 440 offices across 30 halls and saloons, 4 restaurants, 3 libraries, two underground parking, a concert hall, the rest are the room service.

Name halls and salons of the Palace of Parliament were elected after 1989, they evoking events in the history of the Romanian people and personalities known world. Most Romanians are related to the aspiration for union and parliamentary history in Romania.