Ceaucescu's Palace is Enormous!
The home of the Parliament and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Ceaucescu's Palace was built at the expense of the Romanian people. It is second only to the Pentagon in size. Strongman Nicolae Ceauşescu literally razed a quarter of the city to create the space to build it and the open square of the Centru Civic. He bled the country to fund it's construction. Here's what "The Free Dictionary" has to say:
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"There was no marble to be had for tombstones, because it was all going to build the palace and the Centru Civic. By 1984, despite high crop yield and food production, food rationing was introduced on a wide scale (the government promoted it as "a means to reduce obesity" and "rational eating"). Bread, milk, butter, cooking oil, sugar, pork, beef, chicken, and in some places even potatoes were rationed in most of Romania by 1989, with rations being made smaller every year (by 1989, a person could legally buy only 10 eggs per month, half to one loaf of bread per day, depending on the place of residence, or 500 grams of any kind of meat. "
To say nothing of the tens of thousands who lost their homes. Interestingly, in a non scientific survey on the streets of Bucharest, I could find almost no one who disliked it. Romanians seem to be concious of it's attraction to foreigners and have come to embrace it.
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