In this Nov. 16, 2012 photo, Anca Petrescu, the architect who designed the Parliament Palace, poses inside the building in Bucharest, Romania. Twenty-three years after communism collapsed, the Palace ... more 
In this Nov. 16, 2012 photo, Anca Petrescu, the architect who designed the Parliament Palace, poses inside the building in Bucharest, Romania. Twenty-three years after communism collapsed, the Palace of the Parliament, a gargantuan Stalinist symbol and the most concrete legacy of ex-dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, has emerged as an unlikely pillar of Romania's nascent democracy. And while it remains one of the most controversial projects of Ceausescu's 25-year rule, albeit one that has gradually found a place in the nation's psyche, it's also now a tourist attraction, visited by tens of thousands of Romanians and foreigners every year. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Vadim Ghirda
Mon, Dec 24, 2012 1:10 PM EST