Gigantic Palace of Parliament Bucharest
As you can see, Romania is a country of paradoxes. Not the best economy but on the other hand it has many expensive and stylish things and buildings. One of the best examples of this big contrast could be the Palace of the Parliament Bucharest.
Our guide Ana-Maria took us around the Parliament building which covers 365,000 square metres.
Rooms and halls are named after former historical personalities or leaders. There is symmetry between decorations in most of them.
We first entered to the Chearoseti Cupola Hall. It was planned to be a theatre but has no backstage. Its capacity is of 600 seats (made of leather.) The biggest chandelier in the building is located here which weighs 5 tons. Interesting fact is that 4 people need to change one light bulb at this Art deco styled chandelier.
Then we entered the Press Gallery Hall with red carpet. There we could observe several traditional clothes from different parts of Romania on one side and permanent contemporary Romanian paintings were hanging on the right wall. Here 1,700 square metres as used for different receptions.
The Nicolae Iorga Hall named after Iorga, a Romanian politician, Prime Minister and poet. Decorated in the German neo-classical style in the memory of the first Romanian King who was of German origin (Carol I who live at the Peles castle.) The hall is used for conferences. Funny is that the curtains have the same pattern like the tapestries on the wall.
The next hall we walked into was the Nicolae Balcescu Hall named after Balcescu who was a revolutionist and a journalist. It’s also used for conferences. It’s unique in the palace as the columns are made of pink marble which has neutral color that cannot be found on any flag. Radiator masks are decorative and the carpet has the same decoration, too. Simply said, the hall looks like dsigned by a woman :)
Then we took a lift to go up to the terrace.
After a toilet break we climbed white stairs and entered a room decorated in light brown and golden color with leaves called the Alexandrian Hall. It was supposed to be named ”Romania” but of course it carries a name of yet another politician. Its 1,200 seats are also used for concerts. White marble comes from the same place like the pink one in the Nicolae Balcescu Hall. Its 18 m ceiling makes it the highest conference hall in the Parliament building.
The balcony is used during different events; otherwise you can visit it and take photos as we did. You can see 41 fountains outside because Romania is divided into 40 counties + the capital Bucharest.
The Unification Boulevard (Bulevardul Unirii) seen from both the balcony and the building roof is longer and wider than the Champ-Elysee in Paris (yet another similarity between Bucharest and Paris.) It’s a Champ-Elysee replica.
No weddings take place inside the Parliament Bucharest, just one was there.