Bucharest Palace of the Parliament

Palace Of The Parliament in Bucharest: A Mad Mans Castle

You know it before visiting the building only by seeing it from far: Romanias former socialist dictator and principal of this building, Nicolae Ceaușescu, was mad.

Worldwide the second biggest administrational building directly after the Pentagon. 65.000 m², 5.000 rooms, 480 chandeliers, 150.000 bulbs, 52.000 m² carpets, 2.000 km of electric lines, 1.000.000 m³ marble from Transsylvania and 6 Mio € operation costs per year only for light and heating.

But only when entering this incarnation of the phantasy of a pathologically narcissistic mind, and passing through some of its enormous, church-like, but most of the time completely empty rooms, you get an impression what this numbers mean and in the next moment you are able to feel ashamed for this unworthy, ugly building which is nothing but a superficial copy of a mix of European classic architecture, the castle of an evil phantasy emperor without any aesthetic education. I remember having seen as a child the movie Nero which described the reign of a crazy guy over Ancient Rome and everything inside the palace reminded me of the ignorant attitude shown there.

Ceaușescu was born in a small Romanian village as the son of a farmers family. He went to school only for a small amount of years and became a shoemaker afterwards. Due to a stay in prison he got to know some important people and became the President of Romania some years later. For a long time, he was an internationally acknowledged leader, the queen declared him Knight of the British Empire (this title was deprived in 1978) and he got the most important medal of the Federal Republic of Germany.

But everything changed then. Bucharest at the time was saddled by several crises and the people had nothing to feed their children with. But when the president came back from North Corea where he saw the adoration of the actual Kim, he wanted to have the same. He ordered a very big building who was able to represent his adorability.

In 1977 an earthquake hit Bucharest heavily and destroyed a big part of the town. But the area on the hill was spared. So it was the ideal location for the palace of the people. Ceaușescu threw 40.000 already starving people out of their houses and demolished them to build the palace at their place.

The crazy leader—who let himself call The Genie of Carpates, Titan of the Titans or simply The Chosen One—organized an architectural competition and 28-years-old Anca Petrescu won. Probably because her model of the palace—on which she and her friends worked for months—was the biggest one.

Ceaușescu never had the chance to use the palace. Our guide at the palace expressed his regrets for that.

The building today houses the Senate, the Chamber of Deputies, three museums and an international conference center. 70% of the house is empty.

 

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8 thoughts on “Palace Of The Parliament in Bucharest: A Mad Mans Castle

  1. Hi
    Very impressive and shocking at the same time, interesting to see the emptiness inside this building made for a Napoleonic complex dictator.
    I just remember, when I was a kid, the news on television about the revolution against the Cesausescu regime and the execution of the Nicolae Cesausescu and his wife.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Peter

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    • Hi Peter, I saw some pictures in advance, but the brutality (I don’t know how to express myself) of the enormity was kind of shocking for me. Already the first room is big and senseless, but when following the tour you cross another ten or fifteen huge and senseless rooms. And when you leave, it’s with the fact in mind, that you maybe saw 3% of this completely frivolous building, for which many many people died or became homeless.
      I forgot to mention, that they can’t heat the rooms separately. Heating is either on or of.

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    • Yes, I’m not really into tearing down historically important buildings but visiting that one I asked myself if it isn’t just to big to serve as a warning memorial and if there aren’t quite a lot of esthetically low educated people who can’t see the monstrosity in it.

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