A picture taken on Dec. 12, 2012, shows a woman walking inside the Parliament Palace in Bucharest, Romania. Twenty-three years after communism collapsed, the Palace of the Parliament, a

 

              A picture taken on Dec. 12, 2012, shows a woman walking inside the Parliament Palace in Bucharest, Romania. Twenty-three years after communism collapsed, the Palace of the Parliament, a
A picture taken on Dec. 12, 2012, shows a woman walking inside the Parliament Palace 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)