Right in the historical and geographical centre of Bucharest stands an impressive building that strikes the eye by its particular style. It is the Palace of the Romanian Parliament, a "giant" built during the "golden age" of the dictatorial regime and born in the mind
of a man for whom the notion of "reasonable size" did not exist.
Still, there is a "first place " no other building in the whole world could compete for, namely that of the most disputed one, as no other construction has, until nowadays, been the target of such a great number of epithets, varying from "genius" to "monstruos".
Built and rebuilt overnight, the haughty "Republic House" had swallowed tens of billions of lei and a huge volume of work before the Revolution.
The construction was started and raised while many Romanians experienced a period of privations. Probably that is the reason why, at the very beginning the building was the object of their hate.
After December 1989, the building which may easily be spotted wherever you are in Bucharest, was considered to be hideous and become subject to the most original ideas.
Some, out of the revolutionary excitement, agreed that it should be dynamited, as it stood for the symbol of communism.
Others agreed that it could accomodate a museum of communism. There were also others, more extravagant, who talked
about palms rustle, rolling dice on green tables, roulette... But the Palace was not to be a casino!
Realizing its enormous value, in fact a Romanian inheritance in danger of being destroyed and robbed, people began to view the
building with less hostility and named it the "People's House".
As the people himself had experienced hunger and cold, it was now more than fair that he should act upon the destiny of the
Consequently, the builders resumed their work and, as the works were carried on, it was decided that the construction
should be house the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate of Romania, and that it should change its name to the
"Palace of Parliament" - a symbol of democracy.
In May 1994, the International Conference Centre was set up according to a decision of the Chamber of Deputies; the meetings of the Crans Montana Forum were held within its halls.
Thanks to its modern equipment and its massive halls, the International Conference Centre can organize large conferences, symposia,
seminars and other similar activities for Romanian state institutions or international organizations, as well as for Romanian or foreign individuals.
The Palace of Parliament is also open to be visited by groups of tourists, everyday.
The construction, started in July 1984, has 6 registers and 21 bodies. The pompous halls and galleries are generously decorated
with monumental sculptures, golden plaster, laced ceilings, brocharts, tapestries and heavy carpets, which harmoniously
overwhelm the visitors.
The Marble from Ruschita sends its reflections from the floors and columns to the walls and ceilings. The oak, mahogony and
beck wood welcome the visitors with the warmth of their refined sculptures that may be equaled only by the plaster
work or the crystals and the bross of the chandeliers.
Anyone visiting the Palace of Parliament, designed and built at great cost, effort and sacrifice by Romanian specialists and the whole of Romanian industry, comes to realize that this is not o palace from Aladdin's stories, but a real one, displaying the true wealth of Romania: stone, marble and wood from the Romanian mountains and forests.
Consequently, talking today about the architectural ensamble of the Palace of Parliament means to bring moral justice to the
Romanian people and there are not a few foreigners who already have agreed upon it. We could only mention for instance:
Jean Paul Carteron - The President of the Crans Montana Forum:
"The Romanian art and the Romanian's creativity have been gathered in this magnificent building, after years and years, at the price of great sacrifices and against any logic. Let us forget today the "one" who ordered it and let us praise the "one" who created it."
Catherine Lalumiere - General Secretary of the Council of Europe:
"It has been a long way Romania covered during the last 4 years, since my first visit here in February 1990. You have even succeeded in taming this huge palace, the construction of a megalomaniac, but, at the some time, a masterpiece of the Romanian people."
Today, the monumental building stands for the most precious symbol of democracy in Romania, that is the Parliament, serving the high and noble aim we have all aspired for: equal and complete representation of the Romanian people.