Bucharest is the capital of Romania and is located in the south of the country, it has a population of approximately 1.6 million. Bucharest became the state capital in 1862. The city has suffered mixed fortunes over the last 100 years which has left a rather odd mix of buildings and town planning. It suffered considerable destruction during the two world wars and much of the historic heart of the city was redeveloped by Ceausescu during the Communist era. However some parts survived and the city has begun to re-invent itself since the 1989 revolution and the granting of independence.
Places to visit in Bucharest
The Palace of the Parliament - in central Bucharest is a multi-purpose building containing both chambers of the Romanian Parliament. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Palace is the world's largest civilian administrative building and most expensive administrative building. The Palace was designed and nearly completed by the Ceausescu regime as the seat of political and administrative power.
Central Bucharest Revolution Square Bucharest
The Triumphal Arch - (Arcul de Triumf) - it was built in its current form in 1935 and modelled after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
The Romanian Athenaeum - is a concert hall in the centre of Bucharest. It opened in 1888, the ornate, domed, circular building is the city's main concert hall.
Patriarchal Cathedral - built between 1656 and 1658, this is the centre of Orthodox faith in the city.
The National Museum of Art of Romania - is located in the former royal palace in Revolution Square, central Bucharest. It was completed in 1937, it now features notable collections of medieval and modern Romanian art, as well as the international collection assembled by the Romanian royal family.
The National Museum of Contemporary Art - is housed in the Palace of the Parliament in central Bucharest and has an eclectic mixture of modern European art.
National History Museum - exhibits from Romania's past going back to Roman times.
Curtea Veche (the Old Princely Court) - built as a place or residence during the rule of Vlad III Dracula in the 15th century it now operates as a museum in the centre of Bucharest. Remember to take a small mirror with you - just to be on the safe side!
Lipscani is a street and a district of Bucharest that still has some medieval buildings from the old city. However most of the older houses were knocked down during the Soviet occupation.
The Cismigiu Gardens - is the oldest and largest park in the centre of Bucharest.
Herastrau Park - has several lakes and plenty of cafes for a relaxing time in the city centre.
Manuc's Inn - is a historic hotel with cafes and bars which dates from 1808 and is popular with locals (maybe under going restoration)!
Plaza Romainia - is a modern shopping and leisure complex with shops, restaurants, cinemas and bowling available on four floors.
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