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Duration: 1 Day
Location: Bucharest
Price: 90 €
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Bucharest – Tradition vs Communism

 Price per person 1 person 2 persons 3 persons 4-8 persons
€ 90.00 € 55.00 € 50.00 €45.00

Includes visits to the Village Museum and the Palace of Parliament.

The four hour tour introduces you to the traditional Romanian cultural life, as well as the megalomaniac construction built by Nicolae Ceausescu.

The Palace of Parliament (formerly known as  The People’s House) was built by the Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu, between 1984 and 1989. The colossal building is the second largest administrative edifice in the world, after the Pentagon. The twelve-storied palace boasts 1,100 rooms, a 328-ft-long lobby and four underground levels. At present, the Palace of Parliament hosts The Senate and The House of Representatives, The Constitutional Court, The Museum of Contemporary Art and the International Conference Centre. Since 1990, several international events took place here, such as The Crans Montana Business Forum in 1996, Shimon Peres – Yasser Arafat meeting and, the most important, the NATO Summit in 2008.

 

The Village Museum (open air) or The Romanian Peasant Museum (indoor) – (depending on weather conditions).

The Village Museum, an open air exhibition, located on the shores of Herastrau Lake, is an impressive collection of
homesteads, mills, churches and windmills, relocated from different rural areas of the country. Built in 1936, the museum is one of Europe’s oldest open-air museums and it is the second largest museum in Europe, after the one in Stockholm. The Peasant’s Museum was awarded Europe’s Best Museum prize in 1996. It has a rich collection of objects, more than 90,000 artefacts that trace the colourful cultural life of the Romanian people. As strange as it may sound, the museum hosts, in a cellar room, a collection of communist exhibits with Lenin busts, portraits of Romanian communist leaders and heart-rending accounts of those who opposed collectivisation.

Included Services: transport, certified national guide, entrance fee to The Village Museum and The Palace of Parliament.

Photo stops and historical presentation at the Military Academy upon request.

        Photo tax not included!

A 21st century wonder – the world’s second largest administrative building

 

The massive  building  still raises controversy even after 27 years since the construction began. More than a communist symbol of Nicolae Ceausescu’s era, the edifice  stands today  as a reminder of the price  Romanian people had to pay to satisfy  the  selfish whims of the dictatorial couple. While people  starved, Nicolae Ceausescu embarked upon building the world’s second largest building at an estimated cost of almost 4 billion Euros.

Built and furnished exclusively with Romanian materials, the building reflects the work of the country’s best artisans. A guided tour takes visitors through a small section of dazzling rooms, huge halls and quarters used by the Senate (visits are allowed when Senate is not in session). The interior is a luxurious display of crystal chandeliers, mosaics, oak panelling, marble, gold leaves, stained-glass windows and floors covered with rich carpets.

It  took  20,000 workers and  700  architects to build  the  Palace of  Parliament  and  1/6  of the old town of Bucharest was pulled  down by bulldozers to accommodate the  enormous building  and  its  surroundings. 57,000 families lost their houses and several architectural masterpieces of the city were destroyed. It stands 85 metres high and has a surface of 330,000 square metres.  Nicolae Ceausescu himself supervised the construction as he visited almost daily the construction site.

 

The Palace of Parliament is 12 storeys high and has 1,100 furnished rooms. Two of its 60-plus galleries are 150 metres long and 18 metres wide, while 40 of its 64 reception halls are 600 square metres. The biggest is the Union Hall: 16 metres high and 2,200 square metres. The carpet which once covered the hall floor weighed 14 tonnes; it is rolled up today. The crystal chandelier in the Human Rights Hall weighs 2.5 tonnes, while other chandeliers have as many as 7,000 light bulbs. In the 1980’s, when lit, the building consumed a day’s electricity supply for the entire Bucharest in only four hours. The entire place is decorated with pure gold.

Beneath the massive building, there is an enormous nuclear bunker, 20 metres deep.

 

The  massive  edifice  brought about  its own myths along the years: the glass ceiling of the ballroom that would open to  allow  a helicopter  to land, or the underground passage Ceausescu had built, with a personal  subway line which connected  the palace to Baneasa area,  for an emergency  escape.