Bucharest (Romania): what to see in the capital

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What to see in Bucharest, 3-day itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest in the capital of Romania, including the Palace of the Parliament and the Arc de Triomphe.


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Famous for its wide tree-lined avenues and glorious Belle Epoque buildings, Bucharest is a vibrant metropolis.

A Romanian legend tells that this city was founded on the banks of the Dambovita river by a shepherd called Bucur, a term meaning "joy", from which the name Bucharest would derive.


Remodeled in the late 1800s by architects with French training, the city includes large neoclassical buildings, fashion parks and a Parisian-style Arc de Triomphe, located on the elegant boulevard of Soseaua Kiseleffà.

Bucharest is a fascinating city rich in history, testified by the remarkable architectures present, including that of the Royal Palace, and by the numerous areas intended for public green areas, including that of the Cismigiu Park.

The city boasts a large number of museums, art galleries, prestigious Orthodox churches and buildings with a unique architecture.


The Palazzo del Parlamento dates back to the period of the Ceausescu dictatorship.

The Arc de Triomphe, built in memory of the soldiers who fell in the First World War, closely resembles that of Paris.

Climbing the steps of an internal staircase, it is possible to climb to the top, an excellent position to enjoy a splendid panorama of the city.


What see

Lipscani is the historic center characterized by small streets, where there are craft and antique shops, typical shops, restaurants and bars.

Strada Vittoria is the oldest street in the city, as well as a meeting place for the population to stroll pleasantly.

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In Revolution Square there are the Kretzulescu, a small 18th-century orthodox church made of red brick, and the Royal Palace, home to the National Museum, which houses a beautiful collection of Romanian artists, as well as masterpieces by Rubens, Monet, El Greco, Rembrandt, Renoir and Cézanne.

The University Faculty of Architecture overlooks the University Square, the Sutu Palace, where the Bucharest Historical Museum is located, the National Theater and the neoclassical Coltea Hospital with the attached church.

Thanks to its excellent acoustics, the Romanian University has become the place where the most important music concerts are held.

The Museum of Romanian Peasants houses collections related to Romanian folk art, including those on ceramics, traditional costumes, agricultural tools, furniture, photographs and cultural films on the Romanian people.

The Jewish Museum, located at a synagogue in via Mamulari, is dedicated to the memory of one of the oldest Jewish communities.

Biserica Curtea Veche is considered the oldest church in Bucharest, dating back to the sixteenth century.

Bucharest Travel Guide (August 2020)


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