When you want to visit a town, you want to visit the most important places in that town.
In today’s article, I will write 5 important places in Bucharest that tourist may want to visit.
1. The Palace of Pariliament
In the centre of Bucharest, near Piaţa Unirii you can see the Palace of parliament, formerly named “Casa Poporului” (People’s House).
The building, which was built in 1984 by Nicolae Ceauşescu, measures 270 m at 240 m, 86 m high, and 92 m underground realized in the spirit of realistic socialist architecture.
The building has 9 levels on the surface and another 9 underground. According to the World Records Academy, the Palace of Parliament is the second largest administrative building as the world’s surface.
It is the world’s most expensive administrative building and the heaviest building in the world.
The dimensions of the building
length – 270 meters
width – 245 meters
height – 86 meters (over 0)
depth 92 meters (below ground level)
ground floor area – 66,000 square meters
Resources used for building this imposing building
1,000,000 m³ of marble
5,500 tons of cement
7,000 tons of steel
2,000,000 tons of sand
1,000 tons of basalt
900,000 m³ of wood essences
3,500 tons of crystal
200,000 m³ of glass
220,000 m² of rugs
3,500 m² of leather.
2. The Arch of Triumph
Located in the northern part of Bucharest, district 1, at the intersection of the Kiseleff road with the boulevards Constantin Prezan, Alexandru Averescu and Alexandru Constantinescu.
The monument, designed by Petre Antonescu, was built between 1921-1922 and commemorates Romania’s victory in the First World War.
It is 27 m high, with a single opening and is parallelepiped-shaped.
The Arch of Triumph is one of the monuments commemorating Romania’s participation in first World War, at the end of which almost all the territories inhabited by the Romanians were found for the first time reunited together.
3. Romanian Athenaeum
The Romanian Athenaeum is a concert hall in Bucharest, located on Calea Victoriei, in George Enescu Square.
The building, built in a combination of neoclassical style with an eclectic style, was built between 1886 and 1888, following the plans of the French architect Albert Galleron.
At present, it houses the “George Enescu” Philharmonic.
In 1933, after 32 years, the ornamentation of the freeze began, accepting the project elaborated by the painter Costin Petrescu (1872-1954) from Pitesti. It is made up of 25 representative scenes from Romania’s history.
4. The Old Court
The Old Court is the first princely court in Bucharest, became unusable after the 1718’th fire, which destroyed the whole of Bucharest after the earthquake of 1738.
The entire Royal Court was made up of the Voivodeship Palace, the Old Court Church, houses with reception rooms, the chancelleries, stables and gardens.
According to the researchers who studied the history of Bucharest, the princely court was built by Mircea the Elder.
In the fifteenth century, Vlad Ţepeş, the prince of Wallachia, consolidated the fortress built by Mircea the Elder and raised it to the rank of domineering residence, in the alternative of Targoviste.
5. Manuc’s Inn
Manuc’s Inn is one of the most important tourist attractions in Bucharest, a historical monument, a place of leisure, the restaurants, the cafes it houses today.
Manuc’s Inn is the place where the Treaty of Bucharest was signed in 1812, resulting in the occupation of the Moldovan Principality between the Prut and Nistru by the Russian Empire.
In 1806, Manuc arrives in the capital of Wallachia and is forced to settle here long-term because of the Russian-Turkish war. In the second half of the same year, the construction of the inn begins, which will be completed in 1808.
The French painter Dieudonné Auguste Lancelot visited Bucharest in 1860, and on this occasion painted the image of a normal day at Manuc’s Inn.
Manuc’s Inn has been bought several times, reconditioned and refurbished the same number of times.
Nowadays it is a perfect afternoon place where you can drink your coffee or have your lunch contemplating the past and present of this inn.