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About Bucharest

Bucharest, in southern Romania, is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Époque buildings and a reputation for the high life. Bucharest, Romania’s largest city and capital, is today a bustling metropolis.

Romanian legend has it that the city of Bucharest was founded on the banks of the Dambovita River by a shepherd named Bucur, whose name literarily means “joy.” 

Its iconic landmark is the massive, communist-era Palatul Parlamentului government building, which has 1,100 rooms. Nearby, the historic Lipscani district is home to an energetic nightlife scene as well as tiny Eastern Orthodox Stavropoleos Church and 15th-century Curtea Veche Palace, where Prince Vlad III (“The Impaler”) once ruled.

Old Town Bucharest

At the beginning of the 1400s, most merchants and craftsmen established their stores and shops in this section of the city. While walking in the narrow cobblestone streets one can imagine the long-gone shopkeepers outside near their stores, inviting bypassers to buy their merchandise.

The Romanian Athenaeum

Resembling an ancient Greek temple with a 41-meter-high dome, its interiors are an intricate weave of gold leaf, marble balconies and wide, spiral stairs.

Stavropoleos Church

Built in the 18th century by Greek monk Ioanikie Stratonikeas, the Stavropoleos Church is tiny, peaceful and beautiful.

Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum

The permanent exhibition covers a 14ha area having 360 monuments, 60.000 objects in his collections and over 250.000 documents regarding the village and its traditional life in the Archive.