Bucharest is a vibrant, exciting city, full of beautiful contrasts.
The city has been mentioned for the first time in 1459 and became the capital of Romania in 1862. Since then, suffered a series of changes and became the center of media, culture and Roman artistic scene. Architecture has been apart, which is a mixture of history, communist and modern, reflect, too, history range of the city. In the interwar period, architectural elegance and sophistication He brought the title of “Little Paris”. Although a large part of the historic centre has been damaged by war, earthquakes and systematic program of Nicolae Ceausescu, the majority of space has survived in recent years suffered an expanding economic and cultural.
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Top sights in Bucharest
- Palace of the Parliament
Built at the special request of Nicolae Ceausescu, leader of Romania's Communist Party, the colossal Parliament Palace - formerly known as "People's House" (Casa Poporului) - is the world's second-largest administrative building after the U.S. Pentagon.
- Romanian Atheneum
Renowned worldwide for its outstanding acoustics, it is Bucharest's most prestigious concert hall and home of the Romanian George Enescu Philharmonic.
- The Arch of Triumph
Initially built of wood in 1878 to honour the Romanian soldiers who won the Independence War, Bucharest's Arch of Triumph was built in 1922 and redecorated in 1936 with base reliefs carved in granite brought from Deva (Transylvania). Designed by the architect, Petre Antonescu, the Arch stands 89 feet high.
- National Art Museum
Romania's leading art museum was founded in 1948 to house the former Royal Collection, which included Romanian and European art dating from the 15th to the 20th century. Located in the neoclassical former Royal Palace, set amid a wealth of historic buildings such as the Romanian Athenaeum, Kretzulescu Church and the Hotel Athenee Palace-Hilton, the museum currently exhibits over 100,000 works divided into two major sections.