Photographer's Note

Making this photo of this very huge building I guess I backed up some 300-500 m. This is the front, still it have the same size on all 4 sides - and not least also under ground.
Details of the facade in the workshop

Here some more of:
The Palace of the Parliament
It is the second-largest building in the world (330,000 m2), after the Pentagon in Washington DC Regarding cubic volume (2,550,000 m3) it ranks with Mexico's Quetzalcoatl pyramid. It also surpasses the pyramid of Keops by 2%. The gigantic reception halls have been compared, in size alone, to the columns of Luxor. Within such incredible space, the human body seems dwarfed to that of an insect. Overall plans for this 900 room building were conceived by a team of nearly 700 architects. Its main entrance, one of four, faces Unirii Boulevard. It cuts through that downtown Bucharest thoroughfare like an axel. It was scheduled to be called "The Victory of Socialism" . Actual planning began in 1980, and by 1982 a systematic strategy of demolition was already In progress.

A "real" army of almost 20,000 men (working in 3 shifts 24 hours a day) began actual construction in 1984.
The whole idea of a "People's House" came from a man singly determined that Bucharest inspire awe and obedience from his people, from the mind of a man desperately wanting to leave a monument to himself and his power after death.
Amateurs of statistics will undoubtedly be intrigued with some of the interesting construction data. 550,000 tons of cement; 2,000,000 tons of sand, 700,000 tons of steel and 1,000 tons of basalt were used for the project. Romanian forests were sacrificed 900,000 m3 of valuable trees (oak, cherry, nut and rose) for the effort. Additional materials consisted of 1,000,000 m3 of marble, 200,000 m3 of glass; 5 kg of 14 carat sheets of thin gold-leaf; 3,500 tons of crystal and leather; 2,800 chandeliers; carpets measuring 220,000 m2.

By the time of the December 1989 Revolution, only 70% of the planned work had been completed. People who were once forbidden to approach the building could now enter and walk freely through its hundreds of rooms. Though still unfinished, they discovered excesses of pomp and ostentatious splendour coming right out of the "Arabian Nights". For many it was a free trip into a fairy tale world, a world in which an entire nation had paid supremely with long years of privations and persecutions.

It may seem trivial, but people are always overwhelmed by enormous buildings. The Palace of Parliament in Bucharest is a prime example. Architects, engineers, specialists in fine arts and interior decorators combined their talents and efforts to create this 330000 square meter modern three register building.

Ref. Romanian National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics

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