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Mogoșoaia Palace, example or Romanian Renaissance in architecture

Two centuries after the Italian Renaissance and at a much lower scale, Romanian County experienced its own period of blooming arts. Prince Constantin Brâncoveanu assumed the role of “The Magnificent” Lorenzo de Medici as protector of arts, commissioner of great buildings and patron of a new original style in architecture that bears his name. And […]

Aeronautical demonstration on a lake in Bucharest

On Lacul Morii (Mill’s Lake) in Bucharest took place a demonstration that combined aerial and nautical exercises. Though it was not as spectacular as previously advertised, the show was an opportunity to enjoy the clear blue sky in a beautiful autumn day. Lacul Morii is one of the largest lakes of Bucharest, that used to […]

Samba dancers parade

For one evening, Bucharest borrowed something from the exuberance of Rio de Janeiro, as 250 dancers from different schools paraded from Unirea Square to Constitution Square. The parade ended the four days of street theater festival, during which groups from seven countries entertained the passers-by with fanfare music, tricks, puppets on stilts and concerts. In […]

Fireworks lit up Parliament Palace, the largest building in Europe

Bucharest marked its 553 years of documented existence with giant fireworks tuned to music, in the Constitution Square. The ending ceremony followed four days of street theater shows, during which some 20 groups with musicians, circus and theater artists made the capital of Romania more jolly for locals and tourists. After the acrobatic performance of […]

Theater in the street

Bucharest was more animated than ever during the four days of International Street Theater Festival, during which some 20 groups from seven countries surprised and entertained the bystanders. The groups came from Holland, France, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium and Germany with different sounds from fanfare to chamber music, acrobats and costumes. Giant puppets and artists on […]

6000 people spent a night at the Opera in Bucharest

The new season was opened in the first day of fall with an already traditional open air concert for Romanian Opera lovers. The event took place on the loan in front of the National Opera Theater in Bucharest. The audience was far more numerous than the seats prepared on the green area where the statue […]

Basarab Bridge, a landmark of the new Bucharest

This long bridge was a much needed practical solution for the notorious traffic problem of Bucharest. Though it also crosses the small Dâmbovița river, its aim was to help cars get over the railroad lines that go to the central station (Gara de Nord), close to city center. The railroad lines divide the city in […]

Tourist attractions in Bucharest. Things to see while you visit the capital

A busy 3,5 million people town, Bucharest offers a cocktail of classical architecture from the 19 century, mixed with Stalinist massive buildings from the communist age, and a dizzying night life. It’s a city with crazy traffic, with surprisingly rich museums of art, history and traditional crafts. With green areas of absolute tranquility and busy […]

Up-close with the Dacians from the column of Trajan in the History Museum

Romanians seem to be fascinated by their ancestry, after all, they are the only modern nation to draw its name from the mighty Roman Empire. Though the historic sources are scarce and debatable, for some modern nationalists the Dacians, who were the local population, before being conquered by the Romans, are more attractive than the […]

National Arena (Bucharest), one of the most modern stadiums in Europe

Though the stadium inaugurated in 2011 is not one of the large stadiums on the continent, with its 55.000 seats capacity, it is packed with features. It has a retractable roof, with the stands always covered. The cable system that supports the roof makes it unusable in daylight because of the shadows, but the cables […]

Tineretului Park, the widest green area in the Southern part of Bucharest

Tineretului Park (The Park of the Youth) has 80 hectares of green land and lake which makes it the second park in Bucharest after Herastrau, which is in the North part of the city. It is not as elegant and as shadowy park as the Cismigiu Gardens, being a younger park, with some trees newly […]

The most glorious modern king of Romania: Carol I again in front of his palace. Rebuilt statue

The equestrian statue of King Carol I of Romania was rebuilt and placed once again in the Revolution Square, where it is surrounded by representative buildings of the dynastic era. Behind the statue there is the University Library (former building of the Royal Arts Foundation), in front there is the former Royal Palace (now the […]

The Botanical Gardens in Bucharest

Though a very relaxing place, the Botanical Gardens of Bucharest are surpassed in some areas by older parks such as Cismigiu Gardens or Herastrau. But in the 17 hectares of this garden there are some interesting areas that provide nice surprises, like the roses garden, the water-lily lake or the little animals that teem around. […]

Cotroceni Palace, from royal residence, to presidential palace

An absolute must see if you visit Bucharest, the Cotroceni (pronounced Kotrocheny) has a history of 400 years, a beautiful architecture and a very relaxing surrounding domain. It was first intended as a monastery, with churches and cells. Probably some kind of religious construction existed there prior to 1600. Prince Serban Cantacuzino, who financed the […]

The castle of Vlad the Impaler in Bucharest

The most famous historic personality of Romanians, Vlad The Impaler, was very tied to Bucharest, today’s capital, which was first mentioned in a document during his reign, in 1459. The legendary king is usually associated to Transylvania, being born in Sighisoara, but he ruled a neighbor part of today Romania, Wallachia. Several castles, among which […]

Inside Romanian Atheneum, the most beautiful building in Bucharest

Though the term Atheneum usually refers to a library, the Romanian Atheneum is mainly a concert hall. Important personalities like Richard Strauss and Yehudi Menuhin have concerted here. The Atheneum was built by a French architect, with the help of some of the most important Romanian architects, after a national fund raising campaign. It stands […]

Prehistoric animals and extinct civilizations in the fascinating world of natural science

Natural Sciences Museum Grigore Antipa in Bucharest, found near Victory Plaza, close to the Government building, carries us into many worlds while we learn some about zoology and anthropology. The journey is thousands of years old, starting with reconstructed dinosaur and mammoths skeletons. Though a Natural Sciences museum existed in the National Museum some 150 […]

Wild Animals at Baneasa Zoo Garden

Though the area of the zoo garden in Baneasa makes it too small for a modern zoo, it is still one of the last places in the country where children can meet wild animals, which sometimes are not even reluctant to interact with their visitors. The garden used to have elephants and giraffes, but the […]

Black and White Swans in Cismigiu Garden

A traditional presence in the Cismigiu Garden, the swans have returned to enchant the visitors. Soon after it was created, the oldest park in Bucharest, over a century and a half ago, Cismigiu Garden was something close to a zoo garden. This tradition was stopped and the peacocks and swans were moved to the newly […]

Ceausescu’s Palace on The Inside (Parliament Building or House of The People)

On certain occasions, such as the national day of Romania, The House of The People, or The Parliament Palace built by the communist dictator, Nicolae Ceaușescu in the capital Bucharest is fully opened to the public and cameras. Usually, tours for tourists exclude the greater rooms of the building as various conferences take place there […]

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