PALACE OF THE PARLIAMENT

The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest (before the revolution known as the House of the Republic or People's House), measures 270 m by 240 m, 86 m high and 92 m underground. It has 9 levels in surface and other 9 in the underground. According to the World Records Academy, Palace of Parliament is the largest administrative building for civilian use as the surface of the world, the most expensive office building in the world, and the heaviest building in the world. Palace of Parliament is situated in the centre of Bucharest (Sector 5), the place that today is called Arsenal Hill, framed by by Izvor Street to the west and northwest, United Nations Avenue to the north, Liberty Avenue to the east and Calea 13 Septembrie to the south. It is 10 minutes away from Union Square and 20 minutes from North Station (bus 123).

The hill where the Parliament Palace is located today is largely a creation of nature, with an initial height of 18 m, but side from Liberty Avenue is artificially raised.

 

Building’s dimensions

• length - 270 meters

• width - 245 meters

• height - 86 meters (over quota 0)

• depth 92 meters (below ground level)

• Ground building area - 66,000 square meters

 

Resources used To create such impressive building it was used:

• marble 1,000,000 m³

• 5,500 tons of cement

• 7,000 tons of steel

• 20,000 tons of sand

• 1,000 tons of basalt

• 900,000 m³ of timbers

• 3,500 tonnes of crystal

• 200,000 m³ of glass

• 2,800 chandeliers

• 220,000 m² of carpets

• 3,500 m² of leather.

 

To the construction participated approximately 700 architects and 20,000 workers who worked in three shifts, 24 hours a day.