Romania-1181 - Palace of the Parliament
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The Palace of the Parliament is a multi-purpose building containing both chambers of the Romanian Parliament. The Palace is the world's largest civilian building, most expensive administrative building, and heaviest building. It represents one of the most extravagant and expensive building projects in the history of mankind; certainly of the last century. Claiming to be the world's second-largest building by surface area. The Pentagon (USA) is the world's largest building.
The Palace measures 270m (890ft) by 240m (790ft), 86m (282ft) high, and 92m (302ft) underground. It has 1,100 rooms, 2 underground parking garages and is 12 stories tall, with four underground levels currently available for the general public and are in use, and another four in different stages of completion. The floorspace is 340,000 m2 (3,700,000 sq ft).
Ceausescu got the idea for 'The People's House' after a visit to North Korea's Kim II-sung in 1972. The 'People's House' would be the largest, most lavish palace in the world and hold all the functions of his socialist state, as well as serve as a handsome residence for he and his wife.