Making this photo of this very huge building I guess I backed up some 300-500 m. This is the front, still it have the same size on all 4 sides - and not least also under ground.
Details of the facade in the workshop
Here some more of:
The Palace of the Parliament
It is the second-largest building in the world (330,000 m2), after the Pentagon in Washington DC Regarding cubic volume (2,550,000 m3) it ranks with Mexico's Quetzalcoatl pyramid. It also surpasses the pyramid of Keops by 2%. The gigantic reception halls have been compared, in size alone, to the columns of Luxor. Within such incredible space, the human body seems dwarfed to that of an insect. Overall plans for this 900 room building were conceived by a team of nearly 700 architects. Its main entrance, one of four, faces Unirii Boulevard. It cuts through that downtown Bucharest thoroughfare like an axel. It was scheduled to be called "The Victory of Socialism" . Actual planning began in 1980, and by 1982 a systematic strategy of demolition was already In progress.
A "real" army of almost 20,000 men (working in 3 shifts 24 hours a day) began actual construction in 1984.
The whole idea of a "People's House" came from a man singly determined that Bucharest inspire awe and obedience from his people, from the mind of a man desperately wanting to leave a monument to himself and his power after death.
Amateurs of statistics will undoubtedly be intrigued with some of the interesting construction data. 550,000 tons of cement; 2,000,000 tons of sand, 700,000 tons of steel and 1,000 tons of basalt were used for the project. Romanian forests were sacrificed 900,000 m3 of valuable trees (oak, cherry, nut and rose) for the effort. Additional materials consisted of 1,000,000 m3 of marble, 200,000 m3 of glass; 5 kg of 14 carat sheets of thin gold-leaf; 3,500 tons of crystal and leather; 2,800 chandeliers; carpets measuring 220,000 m2.
By the time of the December 1989 Revolution, only 70% of the planned work had been completed. People who were once forbidden to approach the building could now enter and walk freely through its hundreds of rooms. Though still unfinished, they discovered excesses of pomp and ostentatious splendour coming right out of the "Arabian Nights". For many it was a free trip into a fairy tale world, a world in which an entire nation had paid supremely with long years of privations and persecutions.
It may seem trivial, but people are always overwhelmed by enormous buildings. The Palace of Parliament in Bucharest is a prime example. Architects, engineers, specialists in fine arts and interior decorators combined their talents and efforts to create this 330000 square meter modern three register building.
Ref. Romanian National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics
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kiks (11601) 2007-07-17 0:42
Very impressieve building! Difficult to understead how big it is. The POV, compo and DOF is just perfect.
Thanks for sharing en also for your note.
sway (434) 2007-07-17 0:56
An impressive building!! You have captured it well! nice contrast and the blue sky stunning.
TFS this great building.
isabela_sor (47379) 2007-07-17 1:02
Maybe this one is the best imagine of this huge building!!!My personal opinion about it ....I don't like it ..but here in your photo looks really nice
How did you manage it for this POV and this crop because there in front are some terraces .... ?
Jack,really I wanna ask you if you liked Romania
Paolo (41218) 2007-07-17 1:08
Hi Jack, i never went in Romania, and i watch that "monster" just on History Channel, when there are documentary about the crazy Ceausescu...and eerytime there is that Palace!
excellent vie, with perfect frontal POV, beautiful colours and good quality and great note too.
LLaura (328) 2007-07-17 1:08
as I am particularly fond of architectural photos, I cant neglect yours. It is very well executed, no disturbing elements ..just the magnificent buliding in its splendour. Thank you for the rich informative note,
teutza (10590) 2007-07-17 1:25
yes...i think this is the best photo of this building,like isa said! u did a great work here,,with this incerdible POv!
PixelTerror (0) 2007-07-17 1:34
A fine photo of Ceaucescu's Versailles, a quite ugly building in my view but certainly big enough to serve the megalomany of its creator, your photo is fine but I miss somebody to provide scale and make it really impressive, didn't you have three beauties available ???
Have a nice day,
gbeli (2051) 2007-07-17 2:03
Nice photo of the enormous building.
The deep bly of the sky is perfect.
anes_lc (14968) 2007-07-17 2:11
you did a great job ..i didn't think will look so good :)
barrufeto_77 (28876) 2007-07-17 2:15
Excellent simplicity and simmetry! The sharpness is also lovely.
flory (4848) 2007-07-17 2:29
in my view,too,is a ugly building.but,talk about our history/that time when people"was the same"hehhe,"equal"..a documentary shot,fine details, with an informative note..interesting ws;)
catalina (799) 2007-07-17 3:15
it's cool that you managed to make it so small when in fact it is quite big.
cbrman (21637) 2007-07-17 4:17
Un batiment qui rappelle une période sombre de l'histoire Roumaine ! Un palais monumental dont l'architecture laisse à désirer !
Ton cadrage rend ce palais plus petit qu'il ne l'est en réalité ! Il manque je pense de quoi donner l'échelle à ce batiment !
stefanocer (10642) 2007-07-17 5:45
Impressive building nicely framed , compliments.
Bluejeans (64243) 2007-07-17 5:48
Ola Jack que fantastico edificio muito bonito , tem uma arquitectura bem caracteristica do tempo da URSS , gostei das cores!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
rigoletto (32746) 2007-07-17 8:26
Hello Mr. Johanson,
Your mythical visit to Romania granted you beautiful images and memoirs.
This is not of course the best of architectural styles, but stands quite impressive as it should have been as a parliament building. You have obtained the best symmetry, and a beautiful polarized light. I also like the cropping you did. TFS...
sabyasachi1212 (19769) 2007-07-17 10:28
I think you have done the right by going ahead with the crop as explained to Isabela. This simply looks majestic, perhaps even more than it actually is.
With Greetings from India
Silvio1953 (105381) 2007-07-17 10:34
Hi Jack, splendid view of this imponent building, great POV and fascinating colors, very well done, ciao Silvio
danyy (0) 2007-07-17 13:01
un batiment très connu et souvent photographié, il faut faire un panoramique de plusieurs photos ou alors reculer énormément , ce que tu sembles avoir fait.
Une excellente précisions et netteté maldré la distance.
J'aime beaucoup le ciel.
gilou530 (34) 2007-07-17 13:48
fallait la faire celle la avec un cadrage aussi symétrique, belle netteté, cela aurai mérité une version large
Angelillo (9368) 2007-07-17 23:29
It's quite impressive this building, by its dimensions, not for its beauty. Anyway your shot is really well done, and with this light it seems something. I remember it's not easy at all photograph this building, and you made here a very great job! Congratulations!
Gustaw (21670) 2007-07-18 7:49
Hi, my friend!
Beautiful photo from Romania. I very like your beautiful colour of sky. Interesting modern architecture. Well done.
jafadabret (56497) 2007-07-18 7:52
Jack, la photo et la note sont impressionnantes. Le point de vue bien dans l'axe rend bien la symétrie voulue pour cet édifice. On aimerait avoir un repère pour se fixer l'échelle mais certainement l'homme doit se trouver tout petit en face de ce géant, ton WS est éloquent à ce sujet.
Tue (25798) 2007-07-21 8:46
Great photo of this palace. The very blue sky makes it stand out wonderfully! The architecture looks impressive with the great repetition of the many windows. Well captured!
donluicu (24718) 2007-07-22 1:45
simple but efficient framing here...
very good shot...
toto (0) 2007-07-22 2:10
Belle photo de ce superbe bâtiment, bien cadré,bien lumineu avec en plus ce très joli ciel. Amitiés Thomas
dorte_s_t (2287) 2007-07-23 5:45
Hello , Jack .
What I like in particular is the way this building is set out by the blue sky with no clouds to " disturb " the impression .
With your thought-provoking note , this is an excellent contribution to TE !
- Copyright: Jack R Johanson (jrj) (34841)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-07-06
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Olympus E-410, Olympus Zuiko ED 14-42mm
- Exposure: f/11, 1/1600 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Romania
- Theme(s): ROMANIAN MEETING/Balea Lake [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-07-17 0:36
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