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Paris of the East – Bucharest

Crossroads of cultures

Bucharest,  in Romanian Bucuresti (pronounced Bukuresht), the 2- million inhabitants capital of Romania, celebrated the 555th anniversary of its first documentary mention in 2014. According to legend, the town was founded by a shepherd named Bucur. The city was first mentioned in a 1459 document of Vlad Tepes, when Bucharest became the royal residence (Curtea) of Wallachia, which got a special meaning as the guardian of the Christian world after the fall of Constantinople.

One of the most romantic and mysterious area of ​​the city of Bucharest is situated around the Curtea Veche, the old Royal Court of Vlad Tepes: Lipscani street (named after the merchants from Leipzig) and the adjacent guilds Covaci (blacksmiths), Sepcari (hatters) and others. Here is the historic core of Bucharest – or what is left of it,  after the fury of Urban renewal of Ceausescu. Large parts of the old town fell victims to the dictator’s megalomania;  as he needed to create room for the Palace of the Parliament (Palatul Poporului), the second largest administrative building in the world, and the large boulevards and square surrounding it, huge parts of old Bucharest were simply torn down. Fortunately some of it is left, like for example  Hanul lui Manuc (hostel for Manuc), certified in the 18th century as a hotel and restaurant in the middle of the metropolis.

 

MUSEUMS WE RECOMMEND:

 

The National Museum of History

The Museum of the Romanian Peasant

The Natural History Museum “Grigore Antipa”

The National Art Museum

The National Museum of Romanian Literature

The Village and Folk Museum, where you can take a stroll among historical peasant houses in different styles, next to one of the largest parks in Bucharest – Herastrau Park

The National Museum of Contemporary Art, hosted in the Palace of the Parliament – one of the best places to watch the sunset over Bucharest

The Cotroceni Palace, home of the Romanian Presidency

The “George Enescu” Museum, hosted in the Cantacuzino Palace, one of the most beautiful Art Nouveau buildings in Bucharest

The National Museum of Old Maps and Books, located in a little street in one of the most charming districts of the city

The National Military Museum

 

NOT TO BE MISSED:

 

The Lipscani district

The beautiful Romanian Athenaeum (Concert Hall of the 19th century, home of the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra)

The Cantacuzino Palace

Hanul lui Manuc

Herastrau Park

The “House of the Free Press” in the northern part of the city, an impressive building built during Communism

The Arch of Triumph

The Plaza of the Revolution

The Palace of the National Military Circle

The University Square

The Old Princely Court

The “Caru cu Bere” restaurant

The Palace of the Parliament (former House of the People during Communist times)

The Cismigiu Garden

The Carol I Park

The Botanical Garden

The Metropolitan Church

The Stavropoleos Church

The Jewish Bucharest

The Dr. Moses Rosen Museum of the History of the Jewish community in Romania

The Choral Temple

 

Around Bucharest

 

Mogosoaia Palace & Museum

Snagov Monastery

Horezu Monastery, Horezu ceramic & Center

Prahova valley

Peles Castle

Mud volcanoes of Berca

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