Bucharest’s Palace of the Parliament – Ballroom | Romania

Bucharest’s Palace of the Parliament (Palatul Parlamentului) was pretty much the only thing that crossed my mind when I saw cheap flight offers to Romania. We wanted to explore a new country and Bucharest sure sounded interesting. When I booked the tickets I didn’t know much about Romania, but a short look at the history on Wikipedia increased my pleasant anticipation. Ceausescu’s dictatorship must have been horrible but all those huge neoclassical buildings along the majestic boulevards are very impressive.

Above all is the Palace of the Parliament. It is the biggest civil building in the world and goes as deep into the ground as it goes up into the sky. An unimaginable network of corridors and only a few of them can be visited. The room in the photo is the Ballroom which is the biggest room in the palace. Directly behind me was a rolled-up carpet that covers the whole floor. It is so huge, that it had to be knotted inside of the room because it would have been too big and heavy to carry in. Do you have an Idea how large the room is? 972m²!

If you fancy a nice wedding location: You can rent the room and for sure it offers enough space for the guests.

Regarding the photo of the ballroom itself, I wished I could have spent more time there. Unfortunately, you can only visit the Palace of the Parliament on a guided tour. I often fell behind to take some shots but the guide kept reminding me a hundred times that I have to stay in the group. Especially in this room, I would have loved to work with a model, because I think the room alone does not display its dimension.


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Technical Details

Camera: Canon EOS 500D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm @ 10mm
ISO: 400
Exposures: 3 (-2, 0, +2)
Aperture: 3.5
Exposure time (middle): 1/60s
Tripod: none
Location: Ballroom in the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest. Not sure which floor or which side of the building as I definitely would have been lost in there on my own.
Software: Lightroom 4.3, Photoshop CS6, Photomatix Pro

Nico Trinkhaus

Nico Trinkhaus

Nico Trinkhaus is the mind-blind photographer, using cameras to create visions and memories that otherwise would be lost to him.

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