Bucharest is the capital city of Romania and, at the same time, the city’s most important and largest: it is a political, financial, banking, commercial, cultural and scientific center.
The population of more than two million people ranks Bucharest as the sixth capital city size-wise in the European Union.
In the Middle Ages the Greeks called it “HILARIOPOLIS – The City of JOY”; in the 1800s it was considered “Le Petit Paris“, fully living up to the name – for everything the city represented back then, today there is no exaggeration to say that BUCHAREST is indeed a modern city in European style.
If we were to analyze this city thoroughly from a history-architecture-literature (with a romantic twist) and from a geographic point of view, the conclusion is the following complex sentence:
“A charming city, full of contrasts and paradoxes with west-European clichés; a true harmony of grandeur and modesty, an image of a romantic citadel with the scent of a past in which moral values weighted differently, and life principles used to be completely different.”
The Patron Saint of Bucharest: Saint Dimitrie Cel Nou Basarabov; one of the most important representatives of Christian life, whose relics are preserved in the Patriarchy Cathedral of Bucharest.
The tour of Bucharest will emphasize on the most important places and historic buildings of the city:
- Romanian Athenaeum: it was built in 1886 and the building project was done by Albert Galleron, famous French architect.
- National Military Club: in 1932 had the official opening hosting the most exquisite military and high society balls.
- National Art Museum: it was the former Royal Palace since Romania had a king once.
- Opera House: it was opened in 1921, first theatrical season, under the famous bandmaster George Enescu commends.
- Military Academy: built in 1937-1939, this is the main Military School in the country.
- National Theatre: it had the official opening in 1852; here performed many of the greatest actors of Romania.
- Village Museum: this outdoor museum was opened during Carol II, in 1936.
- Palace of the Parliament: is the second largest building in the World after the Pentagon.
- Arch of Triumph: it was built in 1921-1922 for celebrating the Romanian victory in the First Wolrld War.
- Free Press House: built between 1952-1957, it hosted the “Scanteia” (The Spark) newspaper.