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Bucharest

 

Mentioned in the history since 1459, Bucharest became the capital of Romania in 1862.
Since then, the city suffers continuous changes, becoming the central cultural, economical and political stage.
During the interwar period, thanks to its elegant architecture, Bucharest received the nickname of "Little Paris".
Bucharest is situated on the banks of the Dambovita River, but it is crossed also by the  Colentina river, on which we have many lakes: Herastrau, Floreasca, Tei, Colentina. Beside those, as the main natural attractions of the city, we can also mention: Cismigiu Park, Garden Cismigiu – inaugurated in 1847 -, Herastrau Park, in which we find the Village Museum, Botanical Garden – the largest in Romania, with over 10,000 plant species -, Alexandru Ioan Cuza Park.
Tourists of the Romania's capital can enjoy the beauty of many famous touring attractions across the world, such as:
  • People' House (Parliament Palace) – Built on the former Spirii Hill in the '80s, has a height of 84 m (includes 12 floors) and an area of 330,000 square meters. This is the second administrative building in the Guinness Book World Records after the Pentagon.
  • Romanian Athenaeum – one of the most representative buildings of the capital. The building was built between 1886-1888, according the plans of the French architect Albert Galleron, being a combination of styles: neoclassical, baroque, ionic.
  • National Opera – is a relatively new building (1953), created after the plans of architect Octav Doicescu and has a capacity of 2200 seats. At the top floor we have the Opera Museum where are exhibited documents, photographs, costumes.
  • CEC Building – the building was completed in 1900. Since then CEC has worked in this building without making other notable changes.
  • National Military Circle – built in the French neoclassical style, the building was made in 1912 after the architects Maimarolu D., V. Stefanescu and E. Doneaud plans.
  • Bucharest National Theater – National Theater imposing building has been constructed between 1967-1970, according to a architects team, coordinated by Horia Maicu, Romeo Stefan and N. Cucu.
  • Casa Melik – is the oldest civil building in Bucharest, preserved in its original form, which in 1820 belonged to the Melik family. Now, it sheltered the "Th. Pallady" museum.
  • Manuc's Inn – was built by the great merchant Manuc in the first decade of the XIX century.