Present-day Bucharest

The city is located in the South- East part of Romania, between Ploiestiand Giurgiu, on the banks of DambovitaRiver. Bucharestwas called “Little Paris” because of both its architecture and rich social, economic and cultural life, having been one of the most beautiful European capitals. The city, which in 1857 was the first in the world where street lighting was introduced with kerosene, became the capital of Romania in 1862, developing rapidly in all areas: demographic, economic, cultural. Present-day Bucharest is no longer one of the most visited capitals inEurope but it is striving really hard to recover its former glory. And sometimes, it really succeeds.

Plain facts …

In Bucharest, there are 45 museums such as The National Museum of Natural History “Grigore Antipa” founded in 1908, The National Military Museum established in 1914, The Village Museum established in 1936 by Professor Dimitrie Gusti, The Romanian Peasant Museum established in 1990, The Cotroceni Museum and many others. The city is surrounded by numerous lakes and forests hosting a large number of monuments in the Romanian architectural style: the Snagov forest and lake (in the middle of the lake there is monastery of the same name), the Palace of Prince Constantin Brancoveanu, the Cernica Monastery, the Lake Caldarusani Monastery (which was founded by Prince Matei Basarab) and so on. The historical center ofBucharest is known as “The Old Court” which nowadays attracts numerous visitors who want to become familiar with the history and culture ofBucharest.

Along the years …

The city grew rapidly after the Second World War, doubling its surface. It appeared early on the left bank of the Dambovita River. In 1860, the little village standing on the banks of Dambovita River was replaced by an elegant capital with French-inspired architecture, which made it famous as the Paris of the Balkans.  Currently, Bucharest remains the socio-economic and cultural center of Romania, offering a wide variety of accommodation options, including private rooms, university campuses, hostels and hotels. The most important places are located in the center such as The Union Square or The University Square which are the focal point of nightlife: day and night bars, pubs, theaters, cinemas.

Even if present-day Bucharest is not what it used to be, it still has various and interesting sights to enchant everyone. Tourists are impressed by the mixture of old and new, of old-fashioned and modern, of then and now. All in all, whenever you are in the area, Bucharest is not to be missed.

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