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Today I saw a picture of a building that claims to be the biggest building in the world. I really doubt that, but the problem is, I couldn't verify it. Here it is:

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It is somewhere in Eastern Europe, probably a capital. So where should I travel to, when I want to see this building?

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@hippietrail: Hmm, shouldn't questions be tagged based on information in the question itself, not on whatever turns out in the answer? (I mean the [romania] and [bucharest] tags.) –  Jonik Dec 17 '12 at 6:54
    
Aww, how'd I miss this earlier, I've BEEN there! :( –  Mark Mayo Dec 17 '12 at 8:06
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@Jonik: Why? Tags are to help find, group, associate relevant QAs - what do you think they are for? –  hippietrail Dec 18 '12 at 0:01
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@hippietrail It's just the practice we used so far. I created a metapost to discuss this: meta.travel.stackexchange.com/questions/1035/… –  RoflcoptrException Dec 18 '12 at 0:06
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It is the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania (some more photos).

As to whether it's the biggest building in the world, Wikipedia says:

According to the World Records Academy, the Palace is the world's largest civilian building, most expensive administrative building, and heaviest building.

But see also the list of largest buildings in the world where it is only mentioned as the largest parliament building in the world.

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I've heard that a similar building in Pyongyang, North Korea is the only one bigger than this. –  hippietrail Dec 17 '12 at 2:50
    
The Boeing factory here in Everett, WA, USA, a privately owned factory that produces airliners, isn't a "civilian" building? That strikes me as strange. –  Miles Erickson Dec 17 '12 at 23:21
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