In the heart of Bucharest, Romania, there stands a magnificent giant, a Palace of epic proportions. The gigantic structure, The Palace of Parliament was the brainchild of a Communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu. Its construction cost the Romanian people billions of dollars and so much more as a nation. Back in the early 1980s, Churches, Synagogues, businesses and an estimated fifty thousand private residences were leveled to make way for the massive project
The Palace of Parliament in Romania, also known as The People's House is the heaviest building in the world, weighing about 4,098,500,000 kilograms and spread across 365,000 square meters. Heres why: Standing twelve stories high it contains 1 million cubic meters of Transylvanian marble, 3500 metric tonnes of crystal for 480 chandeliers with 1409 lights and mirrors, 700000 tonnes of steel and bronze, 200000 square meters of woven carpets and 900000 cubic meters of wood. Not to mention all of the bricks and concrete!
It is the second largest office building in the world, the Pentagon holds first place. It is also the most expensive administrative building in the world valued at $3.4 billion as of 2008. It houses both chambers of Parliament and the Romanian Senate. Its also a tourist attraction and hosts a number of tours daily.
The building has 20 floors, 8 of which are underground. There are around 3,000 rooms, two giant halls, and secret tunnels in the building. The cost of heating and electric use and lighting alone exceeds $6 million per year, which is synonymous with the total cost for powering a medium-sized city. The building was designed by 700 architects under the direction of chief architect Anca Petrescu (1949-2013) and constructed over a period of 13 years (19841997).
Between 20,000 and 100,000 people worked on the site and project, and unfortunately about 3,000 workers died during the construction of the building.
See the beautifully designed interior and exterior pictures of the structure.
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