Why locals love it
Built by Communist Party leader, Nicolae Ceausescu, the colossal Parliament Palace (formerly known as the People's Palace) is the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon. In order to make room for the Palace of the Parliament, Ceausescu demolished vast portions of the historic and central Bucharest.
Why you should visit it
The palace boasts 12 stories, 1,100 rooms, a 328-ft-long lobby and four underground levels, including an enormous nuclear bunker. The interior is a luxurious display of crystal chandeliers, mosaics, oak paneling, marble, gold leaf, stained-glass windows and floors covered in rich carpets.
In order to visit you need to make a reservation one day ahead. **Do not forget to bring your passport or you won't be able to visit.