The Palace of Parliament in Bucharest is the world's heaviest edifice, according to Guinness World Records. It is made up of 700,000 tonnes of steel and bronze, one million square feet of marble, 3500 tonnes of crystal, and 900,000 square meters of wood. It's been called a monster, a beast, and a terror. And it has been said that it looks like a giant meat pie waiting to be served.
The building site for the Palace of Parliament was once the place where Christians were tortured and killed during the reign of Romania's communist leader, Nicolae Ceauşescu. Today it is a public park named after Ronald Reagan. The first stone was laid by Ceauşescu on 21 December 1990. It took until 1995 to complete the building; however, Ceauşescu did not live to see it finished.
Bucharest's Palace of Parliament is an impressive sight to behold. However, it is not usually the most popular attraction in our city center. This honor goes to another heavy monument - the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel. Construction on this church began in 1897 but wasn't completed until 2006. It is estimated to have been about 70% done when construction stopped in 1949 under communism.
However, even this massive project was not enough to quench the thirst for more religious freedom within Romania.
The Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, Romania, is thought to be the world's heaviest structure. It was built between 1877 and 1914 to house Congress. The building consists of a central hall with access from several sides, surrounded by offices for members of Congress.
The weight of the building is not known with certainty but it has been estimated at about 80 million pounds (36.5 million kg). That makes it more than twice as heavy as the next most massive building, which is also in Romania. The building relies primarily on its architectural beauty rather than structural strength, since it does not serve any functional purpose.
It is believed that the main reason why the Palace of Parliament is so heavy is that it is made of wood, although some other materials are used as well. Wood is very dense and this helps it to be strong too. The building is over 100 years old and so many generations of trees have grown around it that they now form a natural barrier against erosion and floods. These same trees provide Congress with timber needed to maintain the building.
The world's second-heaviest structure is the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. It was designed by British architect Sir William Halsey Thomas and was completed in 1800.
The Houses of Parliament The Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, Romania, is thought to be the world's heaviest structure. It is surpassed by the Dharhara Tower in Bhubaneswar, India, which is also believed to be the tallest brick tower in the world.
The Royal Borough of Greenwich has claimed the World's Highest Building for more than 70 years. However, this title has been disputed by several other buildings since then. Despite this, the Royal Borough of Greenwich remains confident about its claim and says that the Dharhara Tower isn't built of brick but rather a synthetic material called vinyl-ester resin which is lighter than bricks and more flexible.
Other contenders for the title include the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Taipei 101 in Taiwan. They are both much taller than the House of Parliament at 160 and 228 meters (527 and 758 feet) respectively.
The weight of the Parliament is estimated to be about 700,000 pounds (320,000 kg). That makes it almost as heavy as an American B-52 bomber aircraft.
The original houses were built between 1765 and 1774. These were replaced over time until 1834 when the current palace was completed.
Khufu's Great Pyramid The Giza pyramids are among the heaviest monuments ever built by humanity, with the Great Pyramid of Khufu being the heaviest of them all. The Great Pyramid, also known as Akhet Khufu, is made out of 2.3 million stone blocks, each weighing around 2.5 tons. It is estimated that the original height of the pyramid was 467 feet (140 m), but only four of its sides are still standing today.
The pyramid was built for King Khufu (c. 2558-2532 B.C.), who reigned from 2593 to 2532 B.C., along with his wife Queen Hatshepsut and chief minister Senusret I. It is believed that everyone over the age of 16 were required to contribute labor to the project, which was funded using forced labor. The pyramid was not completed until about 25 years after Khufu's death. It took more than 20,000 workers a decade to carve out its massive stones, with some estimates putting the total number of laborers involved in its construction at up to 50,000 people.
It has been suggested that such enormous structures could be used as orbital fortresses or weapon laboratories, but there is no evidence to support these theories. It has also been proposed that they might have been used as water reservoirs, but this idea too is without foundation.