The Grandest People's Palace

In late 1989 the carefully constructed edifice of communism in Eastern Europe started crumbling in a wave of popular upheavals with a speed that took everyone by surprise.
Nowhere was this process bolder and bloodier than in the final act of the revolutionary domino: the downfall of Ceausescu, the Romanian dictator who ran his country for the benefit of himself and his family like a feudal master.
It’s now possible to join a tour in Bucharest that awakens the memories from that despised era to recount the story of the last days of Romanian communism.
The tour starts at the grandiose Parliamentary Palace, a permanent reminder of the communist leader’s megalomania.
The building is the world’s third largest by volume after the Aztec pyramid of Teotihuacan and the Cape Canaveral rocket assembly hangar.
It uses 220,000 square meters of carpet, 3,500 tons of crystal and one million cubic meters of marble.
The carpet in the main Union Hall alone weighs 1.5 tons.
Ceausescu took advantage of a 1977 earthquake to raze most of the lower city center of Bucharest, flattening a hill and changing the course of the Dambovita river.
Forty thousand people were forcibly displaced.
“Everything within an area of four square miles was rebuilt from scratch to match the style of the People’s Palace. A stadium, several hospitals and two dozen churches or synagogues were demolished,” says Irene.
“Only three historic Orthodox churches were saved by moving them, foundations and all, behind large apartment blocks so that they would remain invisible and not spoil his view.”
Construction involved 700 architects and 20,000 building workers doing three shifts a day, plus 5,000 army personnel, 1.5 million factory workers and an army of so-called volunteers.

Today only 70% of the vast Presidential Palace is in use.
Ceausescu never got to see the building finished.
By the time of the revolution, in December 1989, the building was only two-thirds complete. The incoming administration didn’t know what to do with it, but the Romanian economy was so entangled with the palace that it had to be finished.
The building was completed in 1994 and, since 1996, it has housed the Romanian Senate and Chamber of Deputies.
The ground floor is home to a modern art museum.
Nevertheless, the building, which costs a dizzying $6 million a year to run, is still 70% empty.

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Erdogan wa Turkey pia hapana mchezo, amejenga hii
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has unveiled a new presidential palace on the outskirts of Ankara. The immense project has been built at a reported cost of $350m. It has 1,100 rooms


Wow! What elegance! Only it’s history might not be as dark as the one above!


Eish…I have a feeling this guy wants the return of Ottorman…and have u noted how Turkey isvsoo involved with thevreconstruction of Somalia?


Enyewe ni KUBWA! What??

I watched a documentary on the same at National Geographic. Its Insane.

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These projects usually look grandiose at the beginning, but ultimately are profitable monuments in the future. Did you know, for instance, that some opposed the construction of KICC and NSSF hqs? Although some corruption may have been involved, especially with the later, these buildings have since repaid thair cost several times over…imagine what a tourism attraction that Romanian palace will be 100 years from now…


Lakini kusema ukweli for $350 this palace is huge. 1100 rooms…i know my extended family is huge lakini hiyo itatushinda

Saw a hint of it on and decided to Google.

Erdogan wa Turkey pia hapana mchezo, amejenga hii
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has unveiled a new presidential palace ,Erdogan is an ISIS sympathiser and now Turkey wants to join the EU, whoah!!

Tuseme if you get lost it may take hours to find you.

Even a day, perhaps. You will be lucky if you find your way out by yourself!

To put it a good context you should perhaps also mention the ruins that were once extravagant palaces of Mobutu in DRC and Emperor Bokassa in Central Africa…pure westage

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Yes, those are indeed tragic projects.

Mobutu had villas in Switzerland and Southern France that could not get buyers after he was deposed.

Hii ndiyo inaitwa personality cult.

And a planet size ego to boot.

It looks good, pia imejengwa at a time when turkeys economy is doing really well so pesa sio shida sana

Ama the church Boigny built in his village in Ivory Coast.
@coach, I would forgive presidents who built grandiose projects that would serve ordinary folks e.g the ghost towns of China than one who is obsessed with building presidential palaces