Bucharest Sights and Landmarks Guide, Romania
With approximately 2 million inhabitants, Bucharest is the capital of Romania and the country’s largest city. Bucharest concentrates much of the country’s economy, institutions and cultural life. It is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, where everything happens in a fast pace, a compromise between the Occidental Timisoara and the Oriental air of Constanta.
Bucharest Sights – Museums and Monuments
The Palace of the Parliament, known as ‘Casa Poporului’ (House of People), is probably the most famous landmark in Bucharest. Built from a megalomaniac abscess of communist president Nicolae Ceausescu in the ‘80s, this gargantuan construction is the second largest building in the world after the American Pentagon. Other popular Bucharest sights are the Triumphal Arc (Arcul de Triumph), Univeristatea Bucuresti, the National Theater (TNB), the Athenaeum, Victoria Palace, Piata Universitatii (which became a symbol of freedom and emancipation after the ’89 Revolution).
Bucharest is home to a remarkable number of museums: Muzeul Taranului Roman (open-air ethnographical museum), Muzeul National de Istorie a Romaniei (history museum), Muzeul National de Arta (arts museum), Zambaccian Museum or the National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC). There are numerous art galleries around Bucharest, a number of which present the works of many promising young artists living in Bucharest.
Bucharest Sights – Bucharest Architecture
Bucharest has suffered enormous losses due to the World War II bombings and communist demolition of historical buildings in the ‘70 and ’80. The area known as Lipscani, encompassing many of Bucharest sights, still reflects the wonderful mix of Neo-classical, Art Deco, Neo-Gothic and Baroque styles that characterized Bucharest in the period between the wars. The city hosts some very old and significant churches: Stravopoleos Church, the Romanian Patriarchate Church, Radu Voda and Mihai Voda monasteries. The Bellu Cemetery in Bucharest is famous for hosting the remains of Romania’s most prominent artists and intellectuals.
Bucharest Sights – Culture and Entertainment
It’s quite amazing how many theatres and theater companies exist in Bucharest: the National Theatre, Nottara Theater, Odeon Theater, Comedy Theater, Bulandra Thaetre, Jewish State Theatre are some of the best known. It’s no use listing Bucharest’s cinemas – most of them are spread along the city’s main arteries like Calea Victoriei or Magheru Boulevard, as well as in some commercial centers.
Although Bucharest is known to have environmental issues, its inhabitants benefit from numerous parks and green areas: Parcul Cismigiu, Tineretului, Tei, Izvor, Herastrau, Carol and the Dimitrie Brandza Botanical Garden.
The mixture of old and new, green spaces and great buildings, Bucharest continues to captivate its visitors.
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