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The capital, which is also the largest city of Romania having a population of more than 2  million inhabitants, is Bucharest. In the inter-war period, the city got the nickname Little Paris  because of the beautiful architecture of the buildings of those times. Little Paris also has its own Arc de Triomphe, built after Romania has gained its independence in 1878. Inspired by the famous Arc de Triomphe in Paris, this Arc is a little smaller than the one in Paris, but is still impressive and worthing  the visit. And because we were talking about Paris, The Unirii Boulevard from Bucharest was also ordered to be like the Champs-Elysées, but wider and longer.


A very interesting thing about Bucharest is that it was first mentioned in a written document issued, in 1459, by the legendary prince Vlad the Impaler, the ruler of Walachia. Vlad III built the fortress of Bucharest, the first of many fortifications, with the aim of holding back the Turks who were threatening the existence of the Walachian state. It’s important to mention in Bucharest’s history that archaeological excavations have revealed evidence of settlements dating back to the Neolithic Period.


Bucharest developed rapidly as the main economic centre of Walachia, becoming the capital in 1659. Two hundred years later it became the capital of Southern Romania, a separate historical province until 1859 when it united with Moldavia, creating the United Principalities, a state entity that will become Romania under the reign of King Carol the 1st (1866-1914).


The capital of Romania is a city full of charm, joy, impressive architecture and history too. If you are in Bucharest, you must see and visit the Palace of Parliament. Also named the House of the People, The Palace of the Parliament is the heaviest building in the world and the second largest and most expensive administrative building, right after the Pentagon. The Palace was ordered by the dictator of Communist Romania, Nicolae Ceaușescu, and it hosts the Parliament of Romania along with three museums and an international conference centre.

The Palace of Parliament

The capital of Romania is a city full of history. In the middle of the town, you can find the oldest house in Bucharest –  the Melik House, built around 1760. Today the building hosts the Theodor Pallady Museum, known as Romania’s most influential 20th century painter.


An architectural masterpiece is the Stavropoleus Monastery which it is an Eastern Orthodox monastery for nuns located in the heart of Bucharest, built in an unique Romanian architectural style, called Brancovenesc style. This architectural style, also known as Wallachian Renaissance and Romanian Renaissance, evolved in the period of  Prince Constantin Brancoveanu, in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.


The name of the city –  Bucharest – derives from the Romanian word “bucurie”, which  means “joy”. So, there’s also a lot of joy in Bucharest’s Old Centre, its legendary birthplace and its unrivaled party district as well. Restaurants, cafés, bars, terraces and the occasional roof top bars are hosted by old buildings from the 17th century, many boasting beautiful facades and decorations.


In order to really understand Romanian heritage, not just its present life, you must see The Village Museum. It  is an open-air ethnographic museum located in the Herăstrău Park, a large park in the north of Bucharest, showcasing traditional Romanian village life. The museum extends to over 100,000 m2, and contains 272 authentic peasant farms and houses from all over Romania. It was created in 1936 by Dimitrie Gusti, Victor Ion Popa and Henri H. Stahl.


The Romanian Athenaeum is a concert hall in the center of Bucharest and an architectural landmark of the Romanian capital city. Opened in 1888, this ornate, domed, circular building is the city’s main concert hall and the home of the George Enescu Philharmonic and of the George Enescu Festival,  one of the most important annual cultural events in Europe.


Bucharest – joyful Little Paris, a wonderful place which is worth visiting!

The Romanian Athenaeum