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Bucharest

Stirbei Palace

Stirbei Palace is situated on Victoriei Street. It is an elegant building decorated with Greek architectural elements (columns, caryatids) realized in 1833-1835 under the supervision of the architect Michael Sanjouand. The building functioned as the private residence of Prince Barbu Stirbei.

The House of the Telephones

The House of the Telephones is situated on Victoriei Street. It was built in 1933 under the supervision of two American architects Louis Weells and Walter Froy, being at that time the highest building in Bucharest.

The Odeon Theater

The Odeon Theater is situatedon Victoriei Street. On this location it used to exit thehouse of Costache Ghica. The present theater is the only one from Europe which has a house with a sliding ceiling.

The Zlatari Church

Zlatari Church is situated on Victoriei Street nearby the Romanian National History Museum. It was built in 1637 on the spot of an old one made of wood and after that it was rebuilt in 1715 thanks to the sword bearer Mihai Cantacuzino.

The Kretzulescu Church

Kretzulescu Church is situated on Victoriei Street. It was built by the great Chancellor Iordache Kretzulescu and his wife Safta-one of the daughters of Prince Constantin Brancoveanu. In 1859-1860 the artist Gheorghe Tattarescu realized the inner painting

The Princess’s Church

The church is situated on Victoriei Street. It was founded in 1683 by Princess Maria, the second wife of Serban Cantacuzino. It is made of bricks, the doors are very richly carved and the painting was realized by Constantinos.

Victoria Square

Victoria Square was named in the past Capul Podului (the End of the Bridge) because here Podul Mogosoaiei Street (the Mogosoaia Bridge Street) was ending. It was inaugurated in 1831. Its present name dates from 1871.

The "Grigore Antipa" Natural History Museum

It was built in 1906-1908 and it was initiated by the scientist Grigore Antipa. It displays about 300,000 exhibits. The main attractions are the dinosaur skeleton and a rare butterfly collection. It is situated near The Victoria Palace, residence of the Romanian Government.

The Romanian Peasant Museum

It is situated on Kiseleff Street. Contains highly valuable collections: 20,000 costumes, 6 wooden churches, thousands of traditional wooden and iron objects, traditional households and decorative objects, pottery, woven materials, paintings, drawings and photos.

The Victoria Palace

Victoria Palace is situated in Victoria Square. It was built in 1937–1944 by the architect Duiliu Marcu replacing Grigore Sturdza’s palace. Today it houses the Romanian Government.

The Arch of Triumph

It is situated on Kiseleff Street, in the vicinity of Herastrau Park . It is the replica of the famous Arch from Paris. It was built in 1922 to commemorate Romania’s participation in the first World War . The initial construction was realized by wood. In 1935-1936 the old monument was replaced by a new one made by granite. The sculptures which decorate the monument were created by Ion Jalea, Corneliu Mendrea , Constantin Baraschi and Dimitrie Paciurea.

The Stavropoleos Church

The Stavropoleos Church was built in 1722- 1724 by the Greek hieromonk Ioanichie. The church is a UNESCO protected monument. This Orthodox Church combines late-Renaissance and Byzantine styles with elements of the Romanian folk-art style. Inside are superb wood and stone carvings and a richly ornamented iconostasis.

The Cismigiu Garden

Since 1850, Cismigiu Garden has been the perfect escape from the hubbub of downtown Bucharest with its lovely gardens and tree-shaded paths. There's a lake with row boat rentals, a beer garden, children's playground and numerous park benches for relaxing. Occasional Sunday concerts are presented in the gazebo.

The Cotroceni Palace

The palace was built in 1893 by the French architect Paul Gottereau and was meant to be the permanent residence of Prince Ferdinand. After the renovations following the earthquake from 1977, Ceausescu made it the official guest house. In 1991 one wing of the palace became the residence of the President of Romania. Near the palace you can find Cotroceni Museum, one of the most appreciated museums in Europe.

Curtea Veche (The Princely Residence)

Curtea Veche represents the ruins of the palace built by Prince Vlad the Impaler (named Dracula) in 1456-1462. Curtea Veche was the princely residence of several Wallachian princes. Destroyed by the Turks, by fire or by earthquakes, it now consists only of a few walls and an archway. Nearby is the Princely Church, built in 1546 by Prince Mircea Ciobanul. This is where the princes of Walachia were anointed. It is the oldest church in Bucharest and it is open to the public view.

The Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens is situated in the vicinity of Cotroceni Palace. It was set up in 1855. During the World War II it was bombed, but it was rebuilt afterwards. The gardens occupy 2100 square metres and display over 10,000 species of plants from all over the world.

Manuc’s Inn

Manuc’s Inn was built in 1808 by the Armenian tradesman Emmanuel Marzaian, known as Manuc-Bey as a stop for the traveling merchants. Presently the building houses a charming restaurant with wine cellar, a comfortable hotel and an outdoor café.

Herastrau Park

It is situated on the shore of Herastrau Lake, nearby Village Museum. It’s Bucharest's largest park and has beautiful gardens, walking paths, fountain pools, open-air restaurants and even an amusement park. Elisabeta Palace is to be found here.

National Military Museum

One million exhibits representing guns and combat equipment, uniforms, medals, flags, maps and plans, harness and horse racing accessories, luggage carriages, mobile kitchens, royal carriages and even a steam railway engine used in World War I.

Village Museum

Set up by Dimitrie Gusti in 1936; it is an ethnographic open-air museum. The peasant houses and the churches were brought from all over Romania. The museum’s collection also includes: furniture, pottery, woven materials and tools.

The Romanian National Opera

The Romanian National Opera is situated on Mihail Kogalniceanu Boulevard. It is famous in the entire world for its past glories (Haricleea Darcle, Zina de Nori) or for today’s talents: Felicia Filip, Ludovic Spiess and Viorica Cortez. The Opera was built in 1953 by the architect Octav Doncescu.

The House of Parliament

The House of Parliament is the second largest building in the world, after the US Pentagon. It was built in 1984–1989 by the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Today the building houses the Romanian Parliament.

The Romanian Patriarchate

The Palace, the Residency and the Patriarchal Cathedral are situated in the area of an old church. Built in 1658 in classic Romanian style, the building houses the relics of Bucharest's patron saint, St. Dumitru.

The University Square

The University Square is a symbol of the events which took place in 1989. The most important buildings are: the National Theatre, the University of Bucharest, the Coltea Church and the Intercontinental Hotel. The building of the University was built in 1857.

The National Theatre

The National Theatre is situated in the University Square. The theatre was inaugurated in 1852. In the World War II was bombed and destroyed. The theatre building was rebuilt in 1973.

Sutu Palace

Sutu Palace is situated on I.C.Bratianu Boulevard and it houses Bucharest’s History and Art Museum. Initially the building was the residence of Costache Grigore Sutu being built in 1833. The museum was settled in 1921 and displays over 400.000 historical objects.

The Sfantul Gheorghe-Nou (Saint George) Church

Location: in Bucharest, the Sfantul Gheorghe Square.
Description: The church was built in 1670 by the ruler Antonie Voda with the financial support of the Greek Panaiot Nikusios. In 1698 the Prince Constantin Brancoveanu financed the construction of a new church which was endowed to the Sacred Tomb from Jerusalem. In 1847 the church was damaged during a fire and it was reconstructed in 1852-1853, its appearance being totally changed. In the narthex there are the tombs of the Prince Ioan Mavrocordat and the one of the Prince Constantin Brancoveanu. About the burial of the Prince Constantin Brancoveanu there is a legend which says that after the massacre which took place at Istanbul, when the Prince Constantin Brancoveanu and of his sons were decapitated, the body of Constantin Brancoveanu was thrown into the sea water and it was secretly recovered by some believers who buried it at the Halki Monastery, near Istanbul. Constantin Brancoveanu’s remains were brought in Romania by his wife, the Princess Maria Brancoveanu, and they were buried in the narthex of the church founded by the Prince.

The Curtea Veche Church

Location: in the centre of Bucharest, in front of the Manuc’s Inn.
Description: The Curtea Veche Church is considered to be the oldest religious edifice from Bucharest. The church was built in 1558-1559 by the ruler Mircea Ciobanul. The mural paintings were realized by Constantin Lecca and Misu Popp in 1847-1853. Beginning with the middle of the 16th century and until 1842-1848 during the rule of the Prince Gheorghe Bibescu this church functioned as the Princely church of Walachia. This is where the Walachian princes were anointed.

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