A sightseeing tour of Bucharest

Although it has been affected over the time by invasions, fires, floods, earthquakes and indifference, Bucharest still has the what to show visitors whether they come from the province or abroad. It would be a waste to pass through the Romanian capital without seeing at least some the places I propose in this sightseeing tour of Bucharest.

The Athenaeum

This institution was founded in 1865 in order to endow people with useful knowledge. To raise money for the building, they used the motto ‘Give a penny for the Athenaeum’. In 1886 the construction began (the French architect Albert Galleron was in charge) and was inaugurated on14 February 1888. The institution is presently the headquarters of The ‘George Enescu’ Philharmonic and also the place where some of the greatest conductors and singers of the twentieth century have evolved: Erich Kleiber, Sergiu Celibidache, Ionel Perlea, Herbert von Karajan, Dinu Lipatti, Arthur Rubinstein, Pablo Casals, Yehudi Menuhin.

Cismigiu Park

This is the oldest public garden in Bucharest. Towards the end of the 18th century, instead of the present park there was only a large pond, called Dura Merchant’s pool. In 1847 under the guidance of Carl Meyer, a Viennese landscape planner, work began and in 1854 the park was officially opened. The garden is as impressive today as it was then thorough exquisite flowers, the great collection of protected plants or trees. Cismigiu is never empty, being the sought for its natural coolness during the summer and for the natural ice rink during the winter.

TheOld Court

This is now a complex of ruins of fortifications, medieval rooms and foundations, located between Victoria and IC Bratianu boulevards and is probably one of the most important and oldest monuments in Buchares. Often ignored and neglected, the situation began to improve with the start of renovation and rehabilitation projects of oldBucharest. This is why visiting theOld Courtis once again a fascinating journey into the hidden and twisted past of this city.

The Triumph Arc

It was built in 1922 of wood and stucco, in honor of the proclamation of theUnion, afterRomania’s victories in World War 1. Under the supervision of architect Petre Antonescu, it was then replaced by another one in stone from 1935 to 1936.  The southern facade is beautifully adorned with two bronze medallions, depicting the faces of King Ferdinand and Queen Maria.

Of course, these are only a few of the beautiful and interesting things you can see in Bucharest. Not mentioned here but equally important are the People’s House (the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon) and the Museum of the Romanian Peasant (a vivid illustration of Romanian traditions and way of living). So, a sightseeing tour of Bucharest should include these and everything else you may discover on your own while visiting it.

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