Important monuments in Bucharest

There are many interesting places to visit in Bucharestwhich is a curious mix of old and new, of neat, well-kept places and boring streets with similarly looking block of flats. Thus, Bucharestis not one of the most wonderful capitals of the world, that’s a fact; it is, nevertheless a city that is always prepared to welcome its visitors. The places not to be missed in this city are by far the important monuments preserved for centuries awaiting you to discover them each, in its turn.

Sutu Palace (XIX century)

In the heart of the capital, across the University, a building that stands out among all other accommodates the Museum of Bucharest. But people in the capital know it better as the  ‘Sutu Palace’. The place did once belong to the vast property of the Cantacuzino family. Built between 1833 and 1835, it was the work the nobleman Costache, being different from all buildings around it. Plans belonged to the Viennese architects Johann Conrad Schwink and Veit. The style is Western, Neo-Gothic, with a floor and many rooms, with four polygonal towers, one on each side of the building. The majestic entry, high and wide, with large windows contrasted with the narrow entrances and windows of the old Romanian houses. Later, Karl Stork, a renowned sculptor and decorative artist, set up a monumental staircase in the lobby, which splits in two in front of the huge mirror brought from theislandofMurano. Above, a carved wood medallion image shows Irina Sutu, the nobleman Costache’s daughter (from whom the palace was built as a wedding present). The palace was surrounded by a vast, beautiful garden, with porcelain dwarfs or strolling peacocks. The large iron gates kept two lions and a yellow sun.

NationalMuseumof History (XIX century)

The National History Museum of Romania (the former Post Office Palace) is located onVictoria Boulevard. You can see there pieces of historical value found on theterritory ofRomania from prehistoric times to the contemporary period. The monumental building which is currently the museum was originally intended to host the Post Office Palace. Its construction began in 1894 and was inaugurated in 1900. As an institution, the museum was established in 1970 in order to illustrate the cultural developments registered throughout historical epochs in the geographical area of present-dayRomania. It is the most important museum of history and archeology in Romania, both in size and by heritage.

UniversityofBucharest(XIX century)

Founded in 1864, it is one of the most important institutions of higher education in Romania. Some of its faculties are located in theUniversityPalacein theUniversity Square. The University of Bucharest offers many education programs at all levels and forms: 22 short programs, over 75 long-term programs, 12 programs in the form of open and distance education, over 120 masters, over 50 doctoral programs, high graduate programs, retraining programs and training. All programs are accredited or licensed. The diplomas awarded by the University of Bucharestare recognized in most countries of the world.

Of course, these are only a small part of what you can visit in Bucharest. The idea was for you to see that what might seem an insignificant stroll around Bucharestactually gets you within important monuments that have been there for centuries.

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