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Culture of Bucharest. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Arcul de Triumf The historical part of the city will be surely the most interesting for travelers as all most important architectural and historical sites are located here. Palace of Parliament is the most striking architectural monument of the city. This is a beautiful building that amazes guests by its size. Inside the palace are located as many as approximately six thousand rooms. The total square of this huge building is second only after the Pentagon. Many old buildings have been destroyed during the construction of the palace, so nowadays it occupies a considerable part of the historic district of Bucharest.
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The Arc of Triumph is located just nearby. This wonderful monument was erected in 1920 in the memory of Romanian soldiers killed during the First World War. Granite of a rare sort was used in the building of the arch. The monument is decorated with exquisite sculptures created by the best artists of the country. All visitors are welcome to climb up to the observation deck, which is built on top of the arch. From here you will be able to enjoy the magnificent panorama of the city.
Revolution Square is a perfect place for walking. The square has witnessed many important historical events. You will also find many interesting excursion sites around the square. Royal Palace traditionally amazes visitors by its luxury. For a long time the palace remained the main residence of the Romanian monarchs. Today a part of the halls of the palace is dedicated to the exhibition of Romanian National Art Museum. Here visitors will surely find wonderful collections of fine old tapestries, sculptures and paintings. You will also see Kretsulesku Church nearby. This is a beautiful building made of red brick. The church has miraculously survived till the present days in its original form. During an excursion in the church visitors will be able to see beautiful murals, which were painted immediately after the opening of the church. Copyright
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Athenaeum Hotel is one more important tourist attraction. Today the hotel attracts not only guests of the highest level, but also fans of ancient architecture. The building, which houses the hotel, was built in 1914 under the guidance of renowned French architect Theophile Brad. The building had been severely damaged during the Second World War, but thanks to efforts of modern architects the building was completely restored. Museum of the Romanian peasantry is surely among the most notable cultural institutions of the city. The museum was opened in 1906. Currently it exhibits the most valuable collection of handicrafts and art objects. A standalone collection of ceramic products has more than 18,000 items in it. Tourists who want to buy a memorable souvenir will find many interesting goods in a special shop opened in the museum.
Coltzea Hospital A great place to get acquainted with the local culture is the Muzeul National al Satului “Dimitrie Gusti”. The complex is a green park on the territory of which there is a lake and an ethnographic village. You can find here household items from all over the world. Besides the reconstructed houses, you can see original mills, wells, chapels, and pets walking through the complex – all this just plunges you into the atmosphere. Also, you can purchase handmade items here.
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A wonderful architectural monument here is the Palatul CEC. Today this building is occupied by a bank. The palace was built in the “neoclassic” style and attracts people with its extraordinary elegance. In the evening, the palace is beautifully illuminated, adding a special romance to the city. Another very fascinating building (and this is a rather unexpected fact) to visit is Spitalul Clinic Colțea. The thing is that, from afar, one would think that it is a palace or a museum – however, such a beautiful and majestic building is allocated to a hospital. This is one of the oldest buildings in the city, and it is beautifully refurbished. Nearby is situated Biserica Colței, another beautiful building.
La bibliotheque universitaire Cercul Militar is one of the most vivid examples of architecture typical of the capital of Romania, which is distinguished by its grandeur, elegance and special charm – it certainly cannot be confused with any other. A monumental building – these are the associations it evokes. From an architectural point of view, the Arena Națională is an interesting place. The stadium was built in 2011 and has a capacity of 55,600 people. Of course, the arena enjoys particular popularity among football fans, but it is worth noting that it is interesting in itself. Another fascinating building in Bucharest is the Teatrul Național București, and not only for those who like to attend cultural performances. The sculptures that are located next to the building will amaze just about anyone.
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The fans of “sad romance” will appreciate the Cimitirul Bellu Bucureşti, along which it is possible to conduct a perfect walk. Some interesting things you will come across here are sculptures located in the territory of the cemetery, as well as tombstones with the names of famous people from the past. Small chapels and crypts, all give a special charm to the place and give visitors a sense of tranquility. You should ensure to visit the Ateneul Roman, the oldest concert hall in the Romanian capital. The building will impress you with its beautiful architecture and upon going inside, cognitive dissonance does not arise – the interior deserves the highest praise.
Ministerul Internelor There are quite a lot of interesting religious monuments in the capital of Romania. Biserica Ortodoxă Sfântul Antonie is the oldest church in the city. It was built in 1554 and has ruins of the princely court (Manor Inn) sited nearby, which are also interesting to visit. The Biserica Sfantul Gheorghe Nou is a very beautiful church. Those who love spacious and majestic churches with beautiful frescoes and paintings will love it here. One very beautiful religious monument is the Templul Coral, a synagogue. It is famous for its unusual architecture, due to which it is popular among tourists. The Biserica Stravrapoleos was previously a monastery, but only the church remained from it. You will find it interesting to visit the patio, as well as look at the frescoes (they are located both on the inside and outside).
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Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest

» The Palace of the Parliament was built at the time of the Socialist Republic of Romania. It is one of the most famous architectural monument in Bucharest.
»  The Palace is considered as the biggest civil and administrative building in the world and the largest parliament building.
»  The total area of the Palace is 270x240 m. The building is 86 m high. The underground part of the Palace is at a depth of 92 m.
»  In the building, there are 1 100 rooms on 12 floors.
»  It consists of 8 underground levels, 4 of which have been already finished and used. 4 floors are being finalized.
»  During the construction of the Palace, there was a need for Romanian marble, due to which one-fifth of the historic center of the city was dismantled. At one time, this triggered protests because a lot of churches were demolished.

Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Bucharest

» The Museum of the Romanian Peasant is one of the famous European museums of folk arts. It was rewarded many times for its activity. In 1996, it received the European Museum of the Year Award.
»  It was founded in 1906. Nowadays, the museum houses a huge collection of national costumes, icons, ceramics, and other Romanian peasant household items.
»  This museum is so cute and comfortable and has an amazing and inimitable homely atmosphere.
»  The museum is located in a unique building that has been built for 29 years. Fortunately, no shell hit the construction during the Second World War, which gave the government a sense of relief.
»  The architectural style of the museum features traditional Romanian elements.

CEC Palace, Bucharest

» The CEC Palace is one of the most beautiful buildings in Bucharest. It was built in 1885 as the headquarter of the oldest bank in Romania.
»  106 years later, it was decided to sell the palace to the City Municipality because it was no longer suitable for providing modern banking services. The City Municipality was going to use the building as a museum.
»  Despite the fact that the bank does not provide its services, it is still renting the building and using it as a headquarter and offices, as there is no appropriate replacement.
»  In 2009, the sixtieth birthday of Princess Margarita of Romania was celebrated in the Palace.
»  The building is designed in an eclectic style. The Palace is crowned by a beautiful glass and metal dome. The building entrance is decorated with an arch supported by two pairs of columns.

The National Museum of Art, Bucharest

» The National Museum of Art is the biggest art museum in Romania.
»  It is located in the former royal palace. The collection of the museum includes almost 60 000 pieces of Romanian and foreign art, including 3 000 pieces of European art.
»  The Romanian collection tells about the history of national arts and contains different exhibits from icons, old paintings, and boyars’ portraits to items of the middle of the 20th century.
»  The European collection includes about 3 000 paintings, sculptures, and graphic works.
»  The museum also houses the rich collection of pieces of applied arts, old furniture, earthenware, tapestries, and carpets.

Cotroceni Palace, Bucharest

» The Cotroceni Palace is located in Bucharest and serves as the residence of the Romanian President. Besides, there is a museum.
»  The Controceni Palace is built in a Neo-Renaissance style. The palace is decorated with white columns with stucco. There are wide lodges with curvy rails, small balconies at different levels of the building, and magnificent and luxurious rooms.
»  The Norwegian Hall, the library, the Queen’s room, the Eastern Hall, and some other rooms have survived to nowadays in their original form.
»  The museum that was opened here in 1991 houses the valuable collection of pieces of medieval arts.
»  Get a bird's-eye view and see that the palace is drowned in greenery. The park near the palace is decorated with multiple well-kept paths, elegant benches, and artificial ponds.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Bucharest

Palatul Parlamentului (Palace of Parliament)
Where: Calea 13 Setembrie 1, Bucharest; Telephone: +40 21 311 3611;
Arcul de Triumf (Arch of Triumph)
Where: Piata Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest;
Lipscani District
National Art Museum
Where: Calea Victoriei 49-53, Bucharest; Telephone: +40 21 314 8119;
Piaţa Universitatii
Where: Piaţa Universitatii, B-dul Regina Elisabeta, Bucharest;
Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Român)
Where: Str. Benjamin Franklin 1, Bucharest; Telephone: +40 21 315 0026 or +40 21 315 2567;
Museum of the Romanian Peasant
Where: Şos Kiseleff 3, Bucharest; Telephone: +40 21 650 5360;
Jewish History Museum
Where: Str Mămulari 3, Bucharest; Telephone: +40 21 311 0870;
Old Princely Court & Church
Where: Strada Franceza 25-31, Bucharest; Telephone: +40 21 314 0375;
Piaţa Revoluţiei
Where: Piaţa Revolutiei, Bucharest;
Reference information
Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Bucharest
♥   Palace 'Romanian National Museum of History' , 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'CEC Palace' Bucharest, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'The Royal Palace' , 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Creţulescu Palace' , 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palace of the Parliament' Bucharest, 1.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Cantacuzino Palace' , 1.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Cotroceni Palace' , 2.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Bucharest and around
♥   Art museum 'National Museum of Art of Romania' Bucharest, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Theodor Pallady Museum' Bucharest, 1.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'The Art Collections Museum' Bucharest, 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Frederic and Cecilia Cuțescu-Storck Art Museum' Bucharest, 2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'K.H. Zambaccian Museum' Bucharest, 3.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Bucharest
♥   Катедрала Свети Павел от Кръста, Ruse, 66.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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