Bucharest is the capital city, cultural, industrial, and financial centre of Romania, located in the southeast of the country, on the banks of the Dambovita River.
The city was first mentioned in documents as early as 1459 (>555 years ago), but its roots go far beyond that.
Known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Epoque buildings and a reputation for the high life (which in the 1900s earned its nickname of “Little Paris”), Bucharest – Romania’s largest city is today a bustling metropolis.
Its eclectic architecture is a mix of historical (neo-classical), inter-bellum (Bauhaus and Art Deco), communist-era and modern structures.
Among the key points that should not be missed may be mentioned the colossal Parliament Palace, the world’s second-largest office building in surface (after the Pentagon) and the third largest in volume (after Cape Canaveral in the U.S. and the Great Pyramid in Egypt) … or the remains of the , built in the 15th century by Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad Dracula (The Impaler)… or the Old City Centre – Lipscani area , currently home to many art galleries, antique shops and coffeehouses.
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The colossal Parliament Palace, built by Communist Party leader, Nicolae Ceausescu (formerly known as the People’s Palace)
It is the world’s second-largest office building in surface (after the Pentagon) and the third largest in volume (after Cape Canaveral in the U.S. and the Great Pyramid in Egypt); the crystal chandelier in the Human Rights Hall weighs 2.5 tons; it needed 1.000.000 m³ of marble; it took 20,000 workers and 700 architects, that worked in 3 shifts, 24h/day.
Established in 15th century, Lipscani area, once-glamorous residential area and the old city center, is now slowly being refashioned into an upscale neighborhood.
Revolution Square (Piata Revolutiei) – The square gained worldwide notoriety when TV stations around the globe broadcasted Nicolae Ceausescu’s final moments in power on December 21, 1989. On the far side of the square stands the former Royal Palace, now home to the National Art Museum (that includes a roomful of early sculpture of Romanian sculptor Brancusi), the stunning Romanian Athenaeum and the historic Athenee Palace Hotel.
The Dambovita River
Some of the beautiful palaces of Bucharest: The Cretulescu Palace and the Cantacuzino Palace (George Enescu Museum)
Suter Palace (one of the 2 most luxury hotels in Eastern Europe), Cotroceni Palace (the Presidential palace, which includes also the Cotroceni Museum), Stirbei Palace
Romanian traditional restaurants – Jaristea & Carul cu Bere
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